Conrad Benner

October 14, 8:30am - 10:00am EDT. Hosted at Center / Architecture + Design

part of a series on Transparency


About the speaker

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 Conrad himself named Philly’s ‘Best Art Curator’ by Philadelphia Magazine. His photography work has been highlighted by Mashable and Instagram, and printed in Time Magazine and the Encyclopedia Britannica. Conrad is a lifelong Philadelphian, born and raised in Fishtown where he lives today.

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Transparency built Streets Dept, and today it’s paying my rent. Conrad Benner is the Founder and Editor of StreetsDept.com, a photo-blog about street art, graffiti, and urban exploration. In his talk he’ll discuss the challenges of documenting and celebrating an illegal art form, how keeping an honest dialog with his readers helped him to grow his blog and social media platforms to become one of the most followed individuals in Philadelphia, and how working openly with advertisers allowed him to turn his labor of love into a career. (Full disclosure: it’s a story of listening and learning, of late nights with white wine returning emails at 1am, and of committing himself to the practice of transparency.)