Pittsburgh Year in Review: 2019 in Pictures

Pittsburgh Year in Review: 2019 in Pictures
click to enlarge Mark Barron #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers takes the field against the Miami Dolphins. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Mark Barron #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers takes the field against the Miami Dolphins.

Over the course of twelve months as a photojournalist, so many assignments get sent my way, especially when you’re on a small team like the one we have at Pittsburgh City Paper. For those of you who don’t know, I’m the only photographer on staff, but I do enjoy that because it just means I get to have all of the fun!

Every week it’s my job to contact, schedule, and photograph various people, places, and events. Along with the predetermined articles our writers have on the docket for our weekly print issue, breaking news events also often come up on a regular basis that we need to cover from a visual standpoint in order to properly inform our readers and keep them up-to-date.

I run around almost seven days a week to all different neighborhoods and businesses. It’s probably one of my favorite parts of being a part of City Paper because it gets me out into various communities where I meet all kinds of people who I normally wouldn’t ever know. As a job, the camera allows you to have access to things most people don’t on a daily basis. Aside from opening up their doors to me, the greatest privilege is when the people we're covering open themselves up to being vulnerable in front of the lens. Conversation and trust being integral in that.

Recently, we lost a Pittsburgh native and photographer, Abby Kraftowitz. Abby was from Squirrel Hill and attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with me. She was an incredibly compassionate and thoughtful visual storyteller. Her subjects were more than that to her, though — they were friends. And with the often sensitive situations in which these people lived, like battling ALS or struggling to keep their family farm running, they trusted her, too. During her funeral, she was quoted as saying that her job as a photojournalist was a service to those she photographed. She couldn’t have been more right so I will be dedicating my 2020 to Abby, keeping her and her values in mind at every assignment of mine.

I’m incredibly lucky to do the job I have every day. 2019 was a special year and I have no doubts that the next will be even more fulfilling with the amazing people at the newspaper who I’m honored to call my coworkers.

Below, I’ve selected my favorite images from 2019 that also best represented the various things going on in our city during the past year, from portraits to protests, from politics to paddling. Thank you everyone for continuing to read Pittsburgh City Paper. We pour everything we have into the content we put out and love serving the people of Pittsburgh. 

click to enlarge Summer Lee poses for a portrait on Penn Avenue in East Liberty. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Summer Lee poses for a portrait on Penn Avenue in East Liberty.

click to enlarge Damon Young poses for a portrait at Arnold's Tea in the North Side. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Damon Young poses for a portrait at Arnold's Tea in the North Side.

click to enlarge Myori Law marches through downtown on Sat., March 23, 2019, the day after the not-guilty verdict was reached by jurors for former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld in the killing of 17 year-old Antwon Rose Jr. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Myori Law marches through downtown on Sat., March 23, 2019, the day after the not-guilty verdict was reached by jurors for former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld in the killing of 17 year-old Antwon Rose Jr.

click to enlarge Members of the boys and girls junior Three Rivers Rowing Association teams practice on the Allegheny River. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Members of the boys and girls junior Three Rivers Rowing Association teams practice on the Allegheny River.

click to enlarge Brittney Chantele poses for a portrait in the Strip District. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Brittney Chantele poses for a portrait in the Strip District.

click to enlarge Artists and photographers, RaeStxx, Latrice Phoenix, Renzo, and Khadijat Yussuff pose for a portrait along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Artists and photographers, RaeStxx, Latrice Phoenix, Renzo, and Khadijat Yussuff pose for a portrait along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.

click to enlarge Gamblers track their bets inside The Meadows on Fri., April 26, 2019 in Harmar. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Gamblers track their bets inside The Meadows on Fri., April 26, 2019 in Harmar.

click to enlarge Staycee Pearl and Jessica Marino (of Staycee Pearl Dance Project & Soy Sos), Taylor Knight and Anna Thompson (of slowdanger), Trevor C. Miles, and Nick Daniels (of Dana Movement Ensemble) pose for portraits inside the KST Alloy Theater to promote the upcoming newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Staycee Pearl and Jessica Marino (of Staycee Pearl Dance Project & Soy Sos), Taylor Knight and Anna Thompson (of slowdanger), Trevor C. Miles, and Nick Daniels (of Dana Movement Ensemble) pose for portraits inside the KST Alloy Theater to promote the upcoming newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival.

click to enlarge Ciora Thomas leads the People's Pride parade. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Ciora Thomas leads the People's Pride parade.

click to enlarge Yoga takes place in Market Square during Open Streets in downtown. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Yoga takes place in Market Square during Open Streets in downtown.

click to enlarge Magician Lee Terbosic, who performs both at Liberty Magic and his own residency at Hotel Monaco called 52 Up Close, poses for a portrait Downtown. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Magician Lee Terbosic, who performs both at Liberty Magic and his own residency at Hotel Monaco called 52 Up Close, poses for a portrait Downtown.

click to enlarge Members of Iron City Circus and Pittsburgh Circus Arts Collective perform in Market Square. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Members of Iron City Circus and Pittsburgh Circus Arts Collective perform in Market Square.

click to enlarge Flecia Jackson, board member for Pittsburgh Black Pride, poses for a portrait. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Flecia Jackson, board member for Pittsburgh Black Pride, poses for a portrait.

click to enlarge Executive chef, Joe Heifer, poses for a portrait at the Cinderlands Warehouse in the Strip District. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Executive chef, Joe Heifer, poses for a portrait at the Cinderlands Warehouse in the Strip District.

click to enlarge Ian Smith, founder of SurfSUP Adventures, paddelboards near the Oakmont islands. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Ian Smith, founder of SurfSUP Adventures, paddelboards near the Oakmont islands.

click to enlarge Dani Kramer of Poster Collective, poses for a portrait outside of their offices. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Dani Kramer of Poster Collective, poses for a portrait outside of their offices.

click to enlarge Fans cheer as members of the Pittsburgh Steelers take the field against the Seattle Seahawks. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Fans cheer as members of the Pittsburgh Steelers take the field against the Seattle Seahawks.

click to enlarge James Conner #30 of the Pittsburgh Steelers carries the ball against the Seattle Seahawks defense. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

James Conner #30 of the Pittsburgh Steelers carries the ball against the Seattle Seahawks defense.

click to enlarge JuJu Smith-Schuster #19 of the Pittsburgh Steelers catches a pass before being pushed out of bounds for a ruled incompletion in front of Jamar Taylor #24 of the Seattle Seahawks. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

JuJu Smith-Schuster #19 of the Pittsburgh Steelers catches a pass before being pushed out of bounds for a ruled incompletion in front of Jamar Taylor #24 of the Seattle Seahawks.

click to enlarge Duane Binion, co-executive director of True T Studios, poses for a portrait at their offices in the Bloomfield neighborhood. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Duane Binion, co-executive director of True T Studios, poses for a portrait at their offices in the Bloomfield neighborhood.

click to enlarge Vanetta Olds protests at the Exxon Mobile gas station near Marshall-Shadeland. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Vanetta Olds protests at the Exxon Mobile gas station near Marshall-Shadeland.

click to enlarge Mark Barron #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs onto the field during introductions prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Mark Barron #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs onto the field during introductions prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

click to enlarge A pedestrian walks with an umbrella as the sun shines inbetween rain showers downtown. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

A pedestrian walks with an umbrella as the sun shines inbetween rain showers downtown.

click to enlarge Alejandro Villanueva #78 of the Pittsburgh Steelers waits in the tunnel before the game against the Baltimore Ravens. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Alejandro Villanueva #78 of the Pittsburgh Steelers waits in the tunnel before the game against the Baltimore Ravens.

click to enlarge Benji performs at Spirit in the Lawrenceville neighborhood as part of the EarthGang tour. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Benji performs at Spirit in the Lawrenceville neighborhood as part of the EarthGang tour.

click to enlarge T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers takes the field through the tunnel against the Miami Dolphins. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers takes the field through the tunnel against the Miami Dolphins.

click to enlarge Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents Poinsettias and Pointe Shoes, with excerpts of The Nutcracker at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents Poinsettias and Pointe Shoes, with excerpts of The Nutcracker at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

click to enlarge Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns fumbles the ball in front of Bud Dupree #48 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns fumbles the ball in front of Bud Dupree #48 of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

click to enlarge INEZ plays drums at the YMCA Lighthouse Project in Homewood. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

INEZ plays drums at the YMCA Lighthouse Project in Homewood.