Burghers Gallery 1 – ASMP Pittsburgh

BURGHERS – There are many things that make a great city. For some it’s the food, jobs, landscape, buildings, or possibly a sports team. For us we believe that what makes Pittsburgh so great is the people. “Burghers” is a photography project by Pittsburgh ASMP that celebrates what it means to be a citizen of this region. Whether they are working, playing, studying, putting out folding chairs for a parking spot, eating a hoagie, or cheering on the “Stillers”, we are glad to call these people our neighbors.


Cheryl Capezzuti is a puppet builder and puppeteer in Pittsburgh, PA.  She runs Studio Capezzuti, a home base for all interactive projects. Capezzuti is best known for her parade-sized giant puppets and her largest work, the First Night Pittsburgh Parade. She is also a master teaching artist, commissioned puppetmaker, maker of small theatrical works and a giant puppet fitness enthusiast.

ASMP Photographer – Elliott Cramer – @ecramerphoto


Seven years ago in her native Uganda, Hanifa Nakiryowa was the victim of an acid attack. Rather than retreating in shame, which is what sadly happens to the hundreds of other woman who have suffered similar violence, the attack has liberated and empowered Hanifa. Now, as the president of CERESA, an organization that Hanifa created, which raises awareness and provides medical and emotional support for victims of acid attacks she’s become a spokeswoman for other women who have suffered from domestic violence. Aided by an H.J. Heinz Fellowship in 2015, with her two young daughters Hanifa moved to Pittsburgh to attend the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and international Affairs. In addition to her duties with CERESA, Hanifa works with the advocacy group Women’s Health Activist Movement, an organization that advances human rights and heals those who have suffered from violence. Hanifa happily lives and works in Squirrel Hill and has become an inspiration for many Pittsburghers.

ASMP Photographer – Tom M. Johnson – @tommjohnsonphoto


Pittsburghers might know David Ed as a Sewickley Academy music and art history teacher, but they might not know of his distinguished background as a pianist. Born and raised in Johnstown PA, he began to play the piano at age 5, at first using a yardstick with tape to represent the keyboard. After studying piano with various masters and earning a Masters and Doctorate in Music Theory, David Ed toured the country playing contemporary Christian music. He even performed in the Sydney Opera House at age 26. He has taught countless piano students for more than 50 years. His portrait is staged in his painting studio where he continues to express his own creativity and vision.

ASMP Photographer – Cathy Kelly – @cathykellyphotography


ASMP Photographer – Elliott Cramer – @ecramerphoto


Ron was born in Pittsburgh in 1963. His parents were at a Kiwanis Dinner. His mom in mink – me in a hurry. He grew up in Sq Hill, Mt Lebanon, and Point Breeze. After graduating from High School in 1981, Ron left for college in the Pacific Northwest. Much to his surprise, he moved back “for good” in 1997. Ron and his family now live in the Beechview neighborhood of the city. They have lived there since 1998.

Ron is the Director of Historic Resources and Facilities for the Rivers of Steel. He has been with the organization since 1998.

Ron’s greatest “Pittsburgher” quality is that he has a deep, unabashed, no excuses allowed love of this city. No matter where he has lived, he was always a Pittsburgher first. Oh, and he wholeheartedly believes that it is my god given right to jaywalk.

ASMP Photographer – Richard Kelly – @richardkellyphoto


The American Society of Media Photographers is the premier trade association for the world’s most respected photographers. ASMP is the leader in promoting photographers’ rights, providing education in better business practices, producing business publications for photographers, and helping to connect clients with professional photographers. ASMP, founded in 1944, has nearly 7,000 members and 39 chapters. The Pittsburgh Chapter has monthly gatherings focused on helping educate and prepare its members in business practices, image production and post-production so their businesses can be more successful.