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Anybody can take a photo of graffiti and street art. That?s been made abundantly clear on Instagram and other social media channels. But to capture artwork and truly provide context, a sense of place, and?when everything aligns?a sense of awe, takes not only skills but a deep understanding of place.
Conrad Benner, the Philadelphia native behind the six-year-old Streets Dept blog and a popular Instagram account, has turned a continued fascination with his city, deep connections to the street art community, and a great eye into a long-running document of a fertile street art scene.
While New York often gets credit as the birthplace of graffiti and street art, Philadelphia, a city with a large population of students and a world-renowned city mural program, has both a huge contemporary art scene and a deep history of street art. Darryl McCray, or Cornbread, who is considered one of the progenitors of street art, made his name tagging around the city in the late ?60s, and even made the papers for writing ?Cornbread Lives? on an elephant in the Philadelphia Zoo.
A mural by artist Septic at Pilot Projects, located at 5th street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue in Kensington
?I think more and more about how influential our public space is around us and how it makes us feel,? Benner says. ?Advertisers wouldn?t spend so much money on outdoor advertising every year if it didn?t get results. The art and architecture that we have in our public spaces has a really profound impact on our mood and feelings. That?s what I like to explore with my photography.?
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