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ABOUT THIS BLOG

StreetsDept.com is a photo-blog that discovers art on the streets of Philadelphia. The primary focus of Streets Dept is documenting and celebrating street art and graffiti, but I do also explore muralism and other forms of commissioned public art as well as architecture and creative public spaces. In general, I believe deeply that the public space has a profound effect on us as individuals and on our city as a whole, and my aim with this blog is to explore how we build and use public spaces creatively. (You can read Streets Dept’s full Purpose Statement here!) Established in January of 2011, Streets Dept was founded by photographer, 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

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The @StreetsDept Instagram handle documents all the same content as the blog. Though, I also use it to document art in public spaces whenever and wherever I travel! I have been selected and promoted as an Instagram ‘Suggested User’ twice over the last several years (if you’re curious how I have earned over 140k followers.)

On occasion, I work with brands, museums, institutions, and organizations that I love to create sponsored content, most notably: 3M, BudweiserUberUrban Outfitters, Uniqlo, Open Table, Honeygrow, NextFab, Saxbys CoffeeCovenant House PAMural Arts PhiladelphiaVisit Philly, The Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhilly Tech Week, University City DistrictThe 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!

ABOUT ME

(Photo by Jason Andrew Turner)

Conrad Benner is a photographer, curator, and the Founder of StreetsDept.com, a photo-blog that discovers art on the streets of Philadelphia. 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.

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8 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!
    Jenna

  6. September 27, 2016 1:52 pm

    I work at Urban in university city, what sort of work do you do with them? i found this blog purely through searching for abandoned places in Philly, look at all these connections

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