Italian American Photographer Unveils His 1950s-Era Perspective of Pittsburgh

Dec 21, 2023 699

BY: John J. Russo, St. Jude Lodge

Michael Rosella, a member of the St. Jude Lodge of the ISDA, published a monograph of his photographic works entitled Pittsburgh Streets 1950s. The book was released in November with a book signing event at the Heinz History Center, which is part of the Smithsonian. The center’s Italian American Program sponsored the event as an evening in conversation with Michael.

More than 200 people attended as a great show of support for Michael, who celebrated his 90th birthday in November. Melissa Marinaro, Director of the Italian American Program, coordinated the night as the emcee. Mark Silverman, professor emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh, introduced Michael by recapping a history of the decade of the 1950s to set the background for Michael’s photos. 

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