ABOUT THIS BLOG
StreetsDept.com is a Philly-based photo-blog that documents and celebrates street art, graffiti, and urban exploration in and around the city of Philadelphia. Established in January of 2011 by Founder/Editor Conrad Benner.
“For four years, Benner has tirelessly showcased Philly’s robust street art scene though his enormously popular blog and Instagram feed, Streets Dept… He has helped bring national respect to a Philadelphia art scene that deserves it.” –The Philadelphia Inquirer (2015)
“[StreetsDept.com] is a wonderful site to spend some time exploring, following in the footsteps of the site’s main curator, Conrad Benner, who describes himself as a ‘blogger/photographer/all around very curious fellow’. Less word on the street, more sights of the street, there’s little text here, just compelling photos from around town.” –The Guardian (2013)
ABOUT MY INSTAGRAM
The @StreetsDept Instagram handle documents all the same content as the blog (street art, graffiti, and urban exploration), in addition to Philly architecture, people, and public spaces more generally. I also use it to document all of the above when I travel! I have been selected as an Instagram ‘Suggested User’ twice now (if you’re curious how I have earned over 139k followers).
On occasion, I work with brands, museums, institutions, and organizations that I love to create sponsored content, most notably: 3M, Budweiser, Uber, Urban Outfitters, Uniqlo, Open Table, Honeygrow, NextFab, Saxbys Coffee, Covenant House PA, Mural Arts Philadelphia, Visit Philly, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philly Tech Week, University City District, The Philadelphia Flower Show. While I’m pretty particular with who I create sponsored content with, I’m always open to ideas, so please feel free to email me!
(Photo by Jason Andrew Turner)
Conrad Benner is a photographer and the Founder/Editor of StreetsDept.com, a Philly-based photo-blog that documents and celebrates street art, graffiti, and urban exploration. Conrad’s blog has been named one of the ‘Best Blogs for Travellers’ by The Guardian, and his photography highlighted by Mashable and Instagram, as well as printed in Time Magazine and the Encyclopedia Britannica, to name a few. Winner of the 2011 Philadelphia Geek Award for ‘Geek Culture Journalism,’ and named ‘Best Art Curator’ in 2014 by Philadelphia Magazine, Benner has used his growing influence not only to celebrate Philly’s burgeoning arts scene, but also to affect change. Most notably with his successful #SEPTA247 campaign, in 2014, which pushed the South Eastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to reintroduce overnight weekend service to Philadelphia’s elevated and subway trains. As well as with his work on Next Stop: Democracy, a Knight Cities Challenge winning project, which aims to increase voter turnout in Philly with the help of local artists.
Born and raised in the heart of Fishtown, Conrad is a proud, life-long Philadelphian.