You sent us your Pittsburgh memories and became a part of a collective photo album for the people of the city. Fueled by those who still live here, or those in the “Pittsburgh Nation,” A People's History of Pittsburgh compiled family-owned, found, and anonymous photographs and stories from the city’s residents to create an online archive that unearthed and reconstructed narratives through the lives of Pittsburghers.

Submissions to the project were accepted online from December 2014 through September 2015. Select images from A People's History of Pittsburgh were published in a companion book. The book, edited by artists-in-residence Melissa Catanese and Ed Panar, functions as a collective photo album for the people of the city and its surrounding area.

For an in-depth look at The Sandbox: At Play With the Photobook, a pop-up bookshop, library, and event space that hosted A People's History of Pittsburgh and was open from May through July 2014 in the Coatroom Gallery, visit the Hillman Photography Initiative blog: