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Joseph G. Brin

Joseph G. Brin is an architect, photographer and writer based in Philadelphia. He has covered Philadelphia architecture, design and culture for Metropolis Magazine. His residential architecture website can be seen HERE. His photography website can be seen HERE

Row House Synagogue In South Philly Reborn

Row House Synagogue In South Philly Reborn

May 30, 2018  |  Walk the Walk

Joe Brin checks in at our favorite 109-year-old row house synagogue, Shivtei Yeshuron, where membership is flourishing and programming is humming along > more

New Book Claims PAFA As Catalyst For Modern Design

New Book Claims PAFA As Catalyst For Modern Design

November 21, 2017  |  Walk the Walk

In his new book, "First Modern," historian George E. Thomas asserts that Frank Furness opened the door to Modernism in 1876 with his design of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Joe Brin walks us through the architectural brilliance of the nation's first art school with this review > more

I'm Still Here: Saving The Work Of Robert Cornelius

I’m Still Here: Saving The Work Of Robert Cornelius

September 1, 2017  |  Walk the Walk

In 1839, amateur chemist Robert Cornelius was experimenting with a new photographic process at his family's store in Center City. That fateful year, in an alley off of Chestnut Street, he would give birth to the world's first "selfie." Meet the conservator who is working to preserve the elusive portfolio of one of history's most influential photographers. Joe Brin has the story > more

Film Center At International House Set To Expand

Film Center At International House Set To Expand

May 8, 2017  |  Walk the Walk

After 40 years of screening independent films, the theater at International House expands programming and gets a new name. Joe Brin takes a look at Lightbox Film Center > more

Paging Dr. Typewriter: Healing Old Tech On Fabric Row

Paging Dr. Typewriter: Healing Old Tech On Fabric Row

February 8, 2017  |  Walk the Walk

Bryan Kravitz brings old Remingtons back from the dead at his repair shop in Mt. Airy and typing salon in South Philly. Joe Brin has the story > more