The Brady Stewart Collection of 20th Century Photographs – Portfolios 1981-1991, 2009+


1981-1991

3rd Generation Commercial Photography Business During the 1980s, the Studio continued to evolve into visual communications company.  The studio continued its core competencies of studio photograph and custom B&W and Color prints and added computer-generated slide presentations. The Studio maintained many of the traditional customers with Ketchum Communications being the largest and most loyal.

The Brady Stewart Collection

 Due to the deterioration of the business climate in Pittsburgh, the Studio invested to expand with opening the Brady Stewart Collection.  After 3 years of cataloging and printing, the Collection was launched in 1987.  The Studio hired Yonke and Richardson Inc. for design and public relations.  The firm did a good job getting the Collection a spot on WTAE TV, announcements in all papers, and a feature article in the Mt Lebanon Magazine.  For over a year, Brady Stewart Photographs were featured in each issue of the Pittsburgh Business Times.

After two years, it became clear that the Collection needed more focus and investment to take hold in the market.  Studio management made a decision to suspend operations until the resources and technology were available to re-launch the Collection.

2009-

4th Generation Commercial Photography Business

 Early in 2009, Brady Stewart III and Michael Stewart made the decision to investigate re-launching the Brady Stewart Collection.  Due to significant technological innovations, lower costs and available manpower, it was feasible to re-launch the Collection.  With Brady Stewart’s retirement, Michael Stewart and his two sons, Kevin and Dan, there were enough resources to get started.

The Brady Stewart Collection Online

 After 9 months of scanning, digitizing, categorizing content, the Brady Collection was ready to be launched online.  We used Livebooks to drive website development due to their experience in the photographic market.  We linked the Livebooks site to another website called Photoshelter to provide the archive database needed to house the entire collection of images.

Photos can be viewed at http://bradystewartphoto.photoshelter.com. All images in the blog and web site are copyrighted by Brady Stewart Studio Inc.  If you are interested in downloading an image or to purchase a print, please contact Brady Stewart Studio by phone (724.554.9813) or email bstewartphoto@aol.com.

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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, www.bradystewartphoto.photoshelter.com

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