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5 Things That Make Pittsburgh Photogenic

Updated: Jan 6, 2021

Pittsburgh Skyline
Photo By Andrew Barrowman of Barrowman Photography

Although I am biased because I live here, it’s arguable that Pittsburgh has one of the most photogenic skylines in the United States of America. Don't believe me, check out some of my work here. Anyways, here are the top 5 things that make Pittsburgh so photogenic:

Pittsburgh Skyline
Photo by Andrew Barrowman of Barrowman Photography

1) Close Quarters - Because Pittsburgh resides in the valley of a mountain range there are limitations to where you’re able to build. This is a benefit when it comes to gorgeous skylines. Pittsburgh’s main downtown area spans only a few miles and is home to several high-rise buildings. In addition, many of the buildings are architecturally unique (check out the PPG Building for example). So even though Pittsburgh isn’t like Philadelphia or New York it touts a beautiful, tightly packed skyline.

2) Rivers on Rivers on Rivers - What makes a beautiful skyline even more beautiful? How about three rivers? Downtown Pittsburgh is surrounded by three major rivers with the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers both merging into the Ohio river at the very tip of downtown Pittsburgh. If that doesn’t make for a beautiful photo I don’t know what does.

3) Bad Angle? I think Not - Out of all the cities I have visited, I have never seen a skyline that quite literally does not have an ugly side. No matter what angle you photograph, it’s always beautiful. From the west end overlook to the hot metal bridge, you can always capture a refreshing and jaw-dropping angle of downtown Pittsburgh.

Historic Building in Pittsburgh
Photo By Andrew Barrowman of Barrowman Photography

4) Historic Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh has quite the history. It gets its nickname the “Steel City” because during the late 1800s and early 1900s Pittsburgh was the #1 manufacturer of steel. With the rise of the steel industry came the construction of amazing structures like the Smithfield Bridge (oldest bridge in Pittsburgh). The contrast of old architecture and new construction provide a unique city perfect for photography.

5) Community… Because What’s a City without Community - Pittsburgh’s creative culture does not go unnoticed. From the amazing Cultural District to the community groups such as PGHCreative and CapturedPGH there is no shortage of creatively like-minded people. I know, I know, that doesn’t have anything to do with the city being photogenic, but it’s important to note nonetheless.

Well, that's it! Let me know why you think Pittsburgh is (or isn't) photogenic. Also, don't forget to follow me on Instagram and Facebook. Also, let me know what you want me to write about next!

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