The neighborhood bar means different things to different people. For some it’s entertainment, or the center of their social scene; for others it’s a chance to blow off steam after a long day. Bar culture is strong in this city and even the most forceful waves of gentrification can’t overtake the places so near and dear to Philly locals. Each place has grown to be a unique refuge for thirsty patrons who seek comfort in a favorite beverage and a warm conversation. Photographer Gene Smirnov’s work captures the resilience and character of these notorious drinking spots and their devoted dwellers.
Gene is a Philadelphia based photographer, whose background is rooted in the graphic design world. Largely self-taught, his specialty is editorial portraiture, in which he tends to blend in narrative driven elements from photo journalism and still life as well. Last Call is a vignette from an ongoing series about neighborhood bars in the Philadelphia area.
The opening reception is sponsored by Founders Brewing Company. Following the show, enjoy live music, food and beverages at Heritage, located next door to Gravy. Present the show postcard and receive 10% off of your tab.
First Friday Opening Reception: Saturday, September 8, 6-10pm
Closing Reception: Saturday September 30, 1-5pm
Open Hours: Saturdays 1-5pm