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Portrait of Penn Avenue

If there is a single thoroughfare that embodies the diversity and spirit of Pittsburgh, could it be any other than Penn Avenue?
Photos by John Beale Frank’s Barber Shop opened in Lawrenceville in 1930. Barber Tony Crisafio, 90, is Frank’s brother and has worked in the shop since 1935. He’s given first haircuts to three generations of some families. Frank’s Barber Shop opened in Lawrenceville in 1930. Barber Tony Crisafio, 90, is Frank’s brother and has worked in the shop since 1935. He’s given first haircuts to three generations of some families.
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Whether the cultural district or the Strip District, Garfield, Point Breeze or Wilkinsburg, Pittsburghers know Penn Avenue as the heart of every neighborhood that grew up along it.


John Beale

John Beale teaches photojournalism in the Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State’s University Park campus. His photography has been published extensively by many major newspapers, magazines and websites; including ESPN​.com, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times. His work has been recognized with numerous regional and national awards.

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