The Brady Stewart Collection of 20th Century Photographs – Portfolios 1950-1965

The Photographers of Brady Stewart Studio; Dave VanDeVeer, James Garvey, Bobby Pavuchak, Ross Catanza


The Brady Stewart Photographers

To help support the growth of the Studio, Brady Stewart hired young and energetic individuals who wanted to learn the photography business.  Six talented photographers worked for the studio during this time; Ross Catanza, James Garvey, Bobby Pavuchak, Carmen Sabatasso, Bill Tyhurst, and Dave VanDeVeer.

Each of the photographers “learned the ropes” from Brady Stewart Sr.  He would work with each new hire on all the fine points of being a messenger, darkroom technician, and studio and/or location photographer. 

Ross Catanza left the Studio in 1965 to become an award-winning photographer for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.  Bobby Pavuchak left the Studio in 1965 to become an award-winning photographer for the Pittsburgh Press.  Dave VanDeVeer left the studio in 1968 to start his own commercial photography business.  James Garvey left in 1962 and became an ordained Catholic Priest.  Bill Tyhurst left in 1964 to become a staff photographer for one of the local advertising agency.  Carmen Sabatasso was the longest tenured non-family employee.  He started work at the studio after serving his country as an Army Photographer in Vietnam.  Carmen started as a messenger in the early 60s, served in Vietnam and returned to the studio in 1965.  Carmen was a very important part of the business until the doors closed in 1991.

Brady Stewart Studio Clients

From 1948 thru 1965, Brady Stewart Studio was the largest commercial photography studio in Pittsburgh.  The studio did work for a wide array of customers including:

Advertising firms: Ketchum MacLeod and Grove, Fuller Smith and Ross, Batten Barton Durston and Osborn, Daniell Sapp and Borne

Corporations:  Alcoa, Heyl and Patterson, A.M. Beyers Company, Swindell Dresser Company, Pennsylvania Railroad Corporation, Harbison Walker Refractories, Pittsburgh Coke and Chemical

Graphic Designers:  The Animators, Town Studios, Peter Muller-Monk, Andrew Gamble (Interior Designer)

Other:  Daniell Sapp and Boorn, Salvation Army, United Way, Catholic Charities

Duplicating X-Rays for Medical Books

During the early 1950’s, Brady Stewart Jr. started working with work-renown Rentonologist, Doctor Lewis E. Etter.  They worked together to devise a way to duplicate X-rays for use in Medical Books.  At this time, there was not an effective way to include X-rays in text books for medical students.  Brady Jr. and Dr Etter experimented for over two years to develop a process to duplicate X-rays that could be reproduced perfectly in medical text books.  Brady Jr. worked with Doctor Etter’s on two of his most famous books; Atlas of Roentgen Anatomy of the Skull 1955 & Roentgenography and Roentgenology of the Middle Ear and Mastoid Process 1965.

Over the next 15 years, Brady Stewart Studio won contracts for duplicating X-Rays for Medical and Industry Books: the First National Study on Breast Cancer for the US Department of Health, Mammography by Doctor L. Egan 1964 and Eastman Kodak’s Radiography in Modern Industry 1969.

 Brady Stewart Jr. mastered the triple masking technique developed by Eastman Kodak and William Martin using the Log-E-Tron for copying and printing X-rays.

 End of an Era

 In 1965, at the age of 83, Brady Stewart Sr. passed away in his sleep.  The 60’s brought many changes to the business of photography and the Studio.  35MM cameras from Japan were beginning to take hold in the United States.  The quality was good enough for a number of commercial applications and the ease of use created a new wave of 35MM photographers that eliminated the need for professional photographers in a number of applications.  The 35MM and lower cost 2 ¼ format cameras created a new business opportunity for freelance photographers.  To support this new business segment, Kodak created new equipment for Photographic Labs.  Photographic Labs emerged as the go to place for volume color prints and color film processing. 

The overall impact on the traditional commercial photography studios was significant.  Studios could not afford to maintain its staff of location/studio photographers and darkroom staff.

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About bradystewartcollection
The Brady Stewart Collection of photographs, made by Brady Stewart, Brady Stewart Jr. and associates of Brady Stewart Studio Inc., consists of photographs taken in and around Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Lake Erie, Lake Chautauqua, New York, Southwestern Ohio, Washington DC, Niagara Falls and Idaho. The historically significant collection spans most of the 20th century (1900-1990) and includes a wide array of Black &White, Sepia and Color photographs on Advertising & Products, Buildings and Churches, Children, Homesteading in Idaho, Manufacturing & Equipment, People & Lifestyle, Pittsburgh City Scenes, Sports and Transportation. The Brady Stewart Collection encompasses over 20,000 glass plates, prints and film negatives of all shapes and sizes. Today, Brady Stewart Studio is a fourth generation photography business. We are one of the longest operating family-owned commercial photography studios in the United States (1912-1991, 2008-). The Collection Images can be viewed at our hosted web site,

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