Burghers Gallery 2 – 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.

The owner and head fish monger, Henry Dewey, works early in the morning preparing fish at Penn Avenue Fish Co. in the Strip District, Pittsburgh, PA on September 18, 2018.

ASMP Photographer: Shelley Lipton – @shelleylipton

Surprising as it may seem, Envirosafe welcomes job applicants who have a history of alcohol and drug abuse, arrests and even stints in prison. “We’ve hired a number of guys with backgrounds like that. Some of them have established successful careers here” said Vorel.

Why would such a high-skill, high-risk industrial operation go out of its way to help people most employers wouldn’t consider—especially industrial employers?

“There’s a story behind that question. My family’s story. I’ve learned through experience that addicts and anyone else who makes a big mistake in life deserve—no, need—a second chance. No one should be shut out of society because they were ensnared by addiction to drugs or alcohol. If I didn’t believe that, my wife, Marg, and I would have given up on our own daughter a long time ago. We didn’t give up, and neither did she. And so neither does Envirosafe”.

Growing up in a dysfunctional family, I learned to be self-sufficient from a young age. I trained as a mechanical engineer at the University of Cincinnati and decided early in my career that I’d be happiest running my own business instead of working for someone else.

ASMP Photographer: Scott Goldsmith – @Scottgoldsmithphoto

John Marso, from New Castle is a former highway worker and now spends his days enjoying his favorite treats, banana splits.

ASMP Photographer: Garen Dibartolomeo – www.garenphotographs.com

Sophia Masovets emigrated from Ukraine in 2011 and started working for Pierogies Plus in McKees Rocks. A Pittsburgh foodie favorite, Pierogies Plus has been making traditional old world pierogies, haluski, and cabbage rolls for over 35 years.

ASMP Photographer: Shelley Lipton – @shelleylipton

Brian and his father Vince Merlina, proprieters of Vince’s Automotive, in North Hills, PA.
Vince started the business in 1986, and Brian took it over in 1993. Brian’s kept his business small because he likes the “personal feel”

ASMP Photographer: Jim Judkis – www.JimJudkis.com

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.