"Workshop of the world," was a description coined in the early 1900s, to recognize Philadelphia's reputation as an industrial manufacturing center. Its fame rests on the skills and versatility of its workers who produced a variety of quality products from toys to locomotives.
Movers + Shakers provides a profile of Philadelphia in the 70s and 80s through the work of photojournalist Neil Benson. The exhibition features over 40 images that feature the city's famous and infamous. Open now through December 31, 2015.
Featured photographs from the collection include black and white images of James “Jimmy” Tayuan with a belly dancer at his popular Middle East Restaurant, Larry Magid founder of the Electric Factory, members of MOVE at their Powelton Village residence, Inquirer columnist Chuck Stone, Barry Leonard “the Crimper,” Judge Lisa Richette at the typewriter, Mayor Frank Rizzo with Queen Elizabeth II, Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt, Jessica Savage and the KYW news team, and Steve Poses in front of the Commissary.
Also on view are Nikon cameras and equipment used by Benson c. 1971-1990s, a photograph of Benson with Mick Jagger, by George Bilyk, c. 1981 and a Central High Letter Jacket with the photojournalists pin and button collection, c. 1970.
About The Neil Benson Photographic Collection:
1965-2005 [bulk 1970-1992], 50 linear feet. Neil Benson donated his professional photographic work to the Philadelphia History Museum in 2009. Archivist Bruce Laverty processed the collection which consists of 8- inch by 10-inch prints of photographs and approximately 30,000 images in negative form (35mm). There are contact sheet prints of photographs and tear sheets from the publications in which selected photographs were published. The collection also contains ephemera and office files. Bruce Laverty prepared the finding aid for this extensive collection with assistance from volunteers Helen and Leonard Evelev, interns Kabria Rodgers (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission program), Alexandra Samovitz (CURF Summer Program, University of Pennsylvania), and donor Neil Benson. In 2014, the finding aid was encoded through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories.