The Brady Stewart Collection of 20th Century Photographs – Portfolios 1966-1980


 Brady Stewart Studio Clients The studio maintained its list of key customers while restructuring the business based on the realities of the local market.  The Studio focused on studio photography and custom B&W and Color prints.  The clients during this period evolved into more Advertising-oriented Agencies, Public Relations and Graphics firms.

Advertising:  Ketchum Advertising, Lando Inc., Burson Marsteller

Corporations:  Calgon, Atlantic Refining, Railway Express, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Regional Planning Association, WW Patterson, Minnotte Manufacturing

Graphics and PR:  Pittsburgh Ad Art, Graphics Studio, The Animators, Gil Goodwin Studios, Bob Casey and Associates, WF Minnick and Associates, Frank Knat Studios, Geyer Printing, Colonial Press

Other:  Allegheny Valley School, Salvation Army, First Lutheran Church

Sports Photography

 During the 1950’s Brady Stewart Jr. worked as a part-time for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers.  He worked filming the games and taking some still photographs.  This experience served him well during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Michael Stewart was very active in sports at Bethel Park High School and also at the College of William and Mary.  Brady Stewart Jr. attended and photographed nearly every high school football, baseball and basketball game and every college football game.  The collection includes photographs of high school games played from 1969-1971 including the last high school championship baseball game played at Forbes Field.

The William & Mary football photographs are from the 1972-1974 seasons.  The teams include; Virginia Tech, Virginia, Wake Forest, Richmond, East Carolina, Colgate, VMI, Vanderbilt and the Citadel.

East Liberty Presbyterian Church

In 1976, Brady Stewart Jr. was contracted to photograph the interior and exterior of the famous East Liberty Presbyterian Church.  The church is one of the most spectacular churches in the United States.  Built during the depression, the Mellon family financed the church at the cost of over $3M.

Brady Stewart Jr. and Carmen Sabatasso used all of their collective experience in photographing the inside of the church.  They rented large movie set lights in order to photograph the ceilings and other areas of the church.   The work is featured in the book; The Art And Architecture of East Liberty Presbyterian Church 1977.

End of an Era

 At the age of 60, Brady Stewart Jr. passed away from Cancer in early 1981.  By design, Brady pushed all of his children into any profession other than photography.  But upon his death, Brady Stewart III, Michael Stewart and Carmen Sabatasso decided to keep the business going.

Photos can be viewed at

External View of The East Liberty Presbyterian Church - Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 1976


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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