Artist Statement

Armond ScavoI am a native Philadelphian who grew up in a South Philadelphia Italian neighborhood. Over the years I have lived in various parts of the city; Center City, West Philadelphia, Germantown and Powellton Village. I appreciate and enjoy Philadelphia’s cultural offerings, architecture, and its beauty. But as many of us do when we are too familiar with a place, we take much for granted.

Because of my friendship with Alice (yes the same Alice from Philadelphia: Through an Artist’s Eyes), I realized something about Philadelphia that I hardly ever thought about; that early American history and the history of Philadelphia are one and the same. Alice’s love of early American and Philadelphia history rubbed off on me.

Being able to walk around Philadelphia through parks that William Penn designed; seeing private homes where the first leaders of our country lived; visiting buildings where the revolution was planned and the country founded with eyes opened wide with this awareness is of profound importance to me, and a deep source of artistic and personal inspiration.

I consider my self blessed to be in a city that first allowed religious freedom and was the home of men the likes of Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Rush, Thomas Paine, and so many others that the list can go on and on.

As I walk around this City of Brotherly Love I sense that I am in a European city with its small alleys and large boulevards that are lined with buildings that have Greek, Roman, French and English influences.

The photographs on Photographs of Philadelphia are part of an ongoing collection of images of those locales that are of historical interest, national importance, and of course the profound beauty of the birthplace of America.

Armond Scavo





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