Welcome to the Hillman Photography Initiative
The Hillman Photography Initiative is an incubator for investigating the rapidly shifting field of photography and its impact in the world today.
As photography moves from paper prints, to digital images, to a future that we can only imagine, what remains fundamentally “photographic”? At its essence—and since its beginnings—photography measures light and time. The four artist projects unfolding in 2016–17 expand upon and perhaps explode this notion, using it as a springboard to investigate contemporary social issues.
For me the noise of Time is not sad: I love bells, clocks, watches—and I recall that at first photographic implements were related to techniques of cabinetmaking and the machinery of precision: cameras, in short, were clocks for seeing.
Support for the Hillman Photography Initiative is provided by the William T. Hillman Foundation and the Henry L. Hillman Foundation.Design services generously provided by Clear Story.
LIGHTIME Artist Projects
Can data visualization build a deeper awareness of our personal impact on the local environment?
How are people, places, and things represented digitally? Who makes the decisions about how difference is portrayed and perceived?
How is Pittsburgh’s collective memory shaped by its history of first arrivals?
How are artists catalyzing conversations about social justice in Pittsburgh?