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About Me:

My name is Conrad Benner. I was born and raised in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA. (My dad went to the Barbary when it was a strip club.) As a kid I wanted to be a bus driver, then a priest, then an architect, but somewhere along the line I wound up a blogger/photographer/all around very curious fellow. I started blogging when I was twenty-one, doing a little gossipy night-life weekly, very briefly, for But, if you knew me before Streets Dept, chances are you knew me as Philthy Blog (now Philthy Mag,) where for about three years I blogging about anything that struck a cord in me, from politics to fashion to music and, of course, to street art. Street art won my heart over the years, but I’m still pretty opinionated about a lot of other stuff. Outside of Streets Dept, I work full-time as a social media community manager and strategy for a local ad agency.

About Streets Dept:

Talking about my blog one day, which unfortunately(?) I do quite often, a good friend told me that the really interesting thing about me was that I’m much more of a reporter than a blogger. She told me that the great difference between me and other bloggers in Philly was that I didn’t just recycle news, but that I went out on the streets and discovered things. And I think that’s a pretty fair assessment of me and of what I do. I take my camera, I walk around the city, and I find things on the streets of Philadelphia that are interesting: street art, a nice sunset, abandoned spaces . . . but mostly street art. Then I report back to you on what I’ve found. It’s simple, everything on this blog (for the most part) is completely original. That’s the difference. And I hope that’s why you choose to keep coming back here.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. biff mullet permalink
    February 28, 2011 5:25 pm

    word man

  2. May 10, 2014 12:28 pm

    cheers, mate … just discovered your awesome blog. i live in san francisco, but I was born and raised in philly (ok, upper darby). i do exactly what you do: grab my camera and walk around the city, looking for interesting things. i love street art, so i shoot a lot of that. it’s really, really cool to see your shots of street art of philly, and philly in general, for that matter. oh geez … i see you also like shooting abandoned places!!! now i’m really looking forward to digging in and seeing what you got going on here!!!

  3. bil permalink
    June 28, 2014 1:27 pm

    Conrad, embrace your LGBT side. :)

  4. September 5, 2014 9:30 am

    hey man just moved to philly and already a fan of the blog. I was searching abandoned buildings, cus thats what I like to as well, and stumbled upon ur work. Maybe ill see u around and we can go shoot sometime. till then keep up the good work mayn.

  5. Jenna Wandishin permalink
    November 7, 2014 12:59 pm

    Hi Conrad

    I just heard you speak at the ABBA meeting. I mentioned the photographer that documents abandoned buildings. His name is Vincent Feldman and website is just his full name .com.

    Thanks for speaking today!

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