Buffalo’s Back Yard 2018

Lyth Cottage

Buffalo’s Back Yard: Photography Pop Up – a one-night only event held on Friday, September 7, 2018, 6 pm to 10 pm, at the Lyth Cottage, 16 Harwood Place. Buffalo’s Back Yard will direct the lenses of 12 photographers toward the hidden, the private, and the seldom seen of Buffalo.

Artists: Scott Balzer, Dan Cogliano, Matthew Christopher, Jim Cielencki, Chris Hawley, Ed Healy, Molly Jarboe, Christina Laing, Nancy J. Parisi, Mike Puma, Daniel Seiders, and David Torke.

“The ‘back yard’ could mean anything from the literal to the figurative and symbolic—a decision entrusted to each photographer,” says Chris Hawley, a co-organizer. “The event itself will take place in one of the most intriguing back yards of the city, behind a Hamlin Park cottage saved from the wrecking ball in 2011.”

The Lyth Cottage was a long abandoned historic house built in about 1868 by John Lyth, a terra cotta manufacturer. The City of Buffalo sold this “little house on the urban prairie” for $1 to two young professionals, who have since rehabilitated the cottage as their home.

“Buffalo’s Back Yard will include established photographers whose work is widely shown, as well as citizen photographers known for their broader work in the community,” says Molly Jarboe, a co-organizer.

“The photography pop-up series is intended to exist outside of Buffalo’s mainstream art scene,” says Christina Laing, co-organizer. “The Buffalo photography pop ups are mission oriented and, best of all, a fun way to explore the city through photography and off-the-beaten-path venues.”