Oh Snap!: A Collaborative Photography Experiment

Happy Throwback Thursday! Today, we’re revisiting a 2013 collaborative exhibition titled Oh Snap! The exhibition began with 13 works from our photography collection, including a whimsical image by early-20th-century protégée Jacques Henri Lartigue; a page from an album by mid-20th-century Malian photographer Malick Sidibé; and a view of our very own hometown, Pittsburgh, by Pittsburgh-based artist Charlee Brodsky.

A gallery entrance with the words “OH SNAP!” in huge black letters surrounds an entryway with a large graphic of a smart phone with the words “Your take on our photographs. See. Share. Repeat”
Installation views of Oh Snap!, 2013, Carnegie Museum of Art. Photos: Tom Little

Museum visitors were invited to submit their own photographs inspired by one of the 13 works from the project. Every day, we printed out the new photographs that had been submitted and hung them beside their inspirations in the gallery. Each contributor received an email to let them know when their work was on view and a free pass to come visit it!

A large, framed photograph hanging on a gallery wall, surrounded by smaller images posted on the wall
Installation views of Oh Snap!, 2013, Carnegie Museum of Art. Photo: Tom Little

Over two and a half months, we received a total of 1,264 submissions; nearly all of them made it onto the walls of the gallery and this website. Most submissions came from Western Pennsylvania and the tri-state area, but we also received submissions from Europe, South America, and Asia.

A large, framed photograph hanging on a gallery wall, surrounded by smaller images posted on the wall
Installation views of Oh Snap!, 2013, Carnegie Museum of Art. Photos: Tom Little