Photographer Michael Penn has been documenting Philly as part of The Philadelphia Project, an ongoing photo series that captures real life on the streets of the city. He’s already published several books documenting his progress – all featuring timeless, moody black-and-white photography featuring the people, places and shadows that envelope Penn’s viewfinder.
“I always liked black and white,” Penn explained in an article in Philadelphia City Paper. “To me, a black-and-white photograph is all about the image without being persuaded by color.”
The stripped-down approach not only creates stunning scenics bathed in deep, dark shadows, but also pays tribute to striking details of these city portraits that tend to float to the forefront – everything from distinctive architecture to darkness and light, and the solitary figures that haunt these historic avenues by day and night.
Philly’s resident street photographer has also begun shooting in other cities, including New York. His work is featured in the collection of the Museum of the City of New York. He also participated in Streetshots/NYC, a group show at South Street Seaport Museum (you can catch it until January 31).