The Picture that Remains



Designer Phil Unetic (left) inspects press sheets with photographer Will Brown as they are printed for the upcoming book The Picture that Remains.


The Print Center, located in Philadelphia, recently collaborated with photographer Will Brown and poet Thomas Devaney to publish The Picture that Remains, a collection of Brown’s work from the early 1970s accompanied by several of Devaney’s writings.

From the book:

“When Will Brown and Thomas Devaney proposed that The Print Center publish The Picture that Remains, we were delighted and agreed to participate in what represents a new kind of endeavor for us: to publish material not directly connected to one of our exhibitions. Their partnership, and the story of how it was conceived, is compelling. The interaction of photographic image and printed word dovetailed perfectly with The Print Center’s current interests and mission, and so we enthusiastically joined the photographer and poet in their venture to bring this unique project to fruition.  It is in this spirit that we are pleased to present this exceptional collaboration.”


Will Brown

Will Brown studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BFA in Painting in 1967.  He had two solos exhibitions of his work in the early 1970s, the first in 1971 at the Swarthmore College gallery and the second in 1973 at PAFA’s Peale House Gallery, during which time he captured the photographs in The Picture that Remains.

Says Brown in his Artist Statement,

I spent time in those years wandering my neighborhood in South Philadelphia, which was desolate and crumbling. I was interested in the play of light and shadow but also in what the neighborhood had once been, in who had lived and worked there.  I took pictures in the early morning, preferably on Sundays when the streets were less crowded. Winter mornings were especially captivating because of the quiet and cold clear air. Sometimes a wrecked car sat marooned on the sidewalk from the night before, leaking fluid.


Thomas Devaney

A Philadelphia native, Thomas received his BA in English Literature from Temple University and his MFA in Poetry from Brooklyn College, CUNY.  He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor teaching creative writing at Haverford College and also the editor of ONandOnScreen.

Thomas has authored two poetry collections, The American Pragmatist Fell in Love (1999) and A Series of Small Boxes (2007), in addition to a nonfiction book entitled Letters to Ernesto Neto in 2005.


The Picture that Remains

Printed in 400-line quadtone with a spot gloss varnish on 100# Galerie Art Silk paper, the book is a magnificent display of Brown’s work.  Each image in the book was expertly scanned from Will’s original negatives by the Brilliant Graphics team to ensure every detail from his original vision was transferred to paper.  Will Brown’s images brilliantly capture the once-lively towns where he spent most of his life; leaving the viewer wandering the myriad stories of the past that are captured in each image.