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Showing Faith


April 22- May 29, 2022

In Showing Faith the well-known artist Laurence Salzmann (born Philadelphia, 1944) examines faith traditions across time and culture, culled from his photographic archive of some six decades.  The exhibition focuses on celebrations that Salzmann has witnessed as a participant-observer, following his training in visual anthropology at Temple University.  Salzmann began to make "faith" photographs at age 17, of Easter observances in Chichicastenango, Guatemala, by candlelight. The African American women who proudly display their church bonnets on Easter Street are at the church on the corner of 35th and  Baring Street where Salzmann  lives.  Presented here for the first time, these photographs possess great resonance, and anticipate the arc of Salzmann’s subsequent work—his search for the specific and universal truths that a keen-eyed, keen-minded photographer is poised to receive.  —Jason Francisco

A "virtual tour" of Salzmann's exhibit is available from the artist's website.  The exhibit in the Cathedral runs from April 22 - May 29.  Hours are by appointment.  Please call 215-386-0234.

A booklet on the exhibition is available here.

Last Published: April 25, 2022 2:52 PM