Bridges of Allegheny County

Photos by John Beale From top: Connecting Oakland and Downtown to the South Side over the Monongahela River. Birmingham bridge, 1976. South Tenth Street Bridge, 1933. Liberty Bridge, 1928. Panhandle Bridge, 1903. Smithfield Street Bridge, 1883. From top: Connecting Oakland and Downtown to the South Side over the Monongahela River. Birmingham bridge, 1976. South Tenth Street Bridge, 1933. Liberty Bridge, 1928. Panhandle Bridge, 1903. Smithfield Street Bridge, 1883.
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Whether they’re crossing chasms, spanning rivers or connecting communities, bridges have always been the metaphoric heart of Pittsburgh.


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Their architects and builders— from 18th-​century military pragmatists to the best design firms in the world — have expanded the art of the possible, from the humble to the magnificent, from arch to suspension to truss. Presented here is the work of photographer John Beale, who for the past year has documented the bridges of our region.


John Beale

A former Pittsburgh Post-​Gazette photographer, John Beale teaches photojournalism at Penn State’s University Park campus. His photography has been published by many major newspapers, magazines and websites; including ESPN​.com, Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times. His photography has been included in more than a dozen books and has been honored with numerous regional and national awards.

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