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Peter Gourniak’s creative photography, video and production design work have made their mark on the Lehigh Valley and beyond. His blog features not only his artistry and talent, but his thoughts on the transformation of Downtown Allentown over the past three decades.

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IMAGES: What makes a neighborhood?

Peter Gourniak

March 3, 2016  /  A few months into a new year of fantastic growth, prosperity, learning, opportunities and life, I offer a few notes and some neighborhood photos for your perusal. The new business coming in and the success of the arena are continually changing the perception of all the naysayers about the real and...
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Art, life and structure

Peter Gourniak

Growing up here in Allentown was great. As a young kid this place was like Disney World, with Hess’s and so many cool shops to explore, along with great theaters and restaurants. Then in the 80s, I watched from my downtown studio window as this town sort of disassembled. Billy Joel didn’t help much with...

The music scene is back in Downtown Allentown, baby!

Peter Gourniak

The music scene is back and alive in Downtown Allentown. Below are some photos from the past 12 months of performances by a wide variety of local, national and international acts that kicked it out in our fair city. Don’t you love discovering new music, and seeing it live? Lucky me, I got to shoot...

Things have come full circle for me in Downtown Allentown

Peter Gourniak

Ok, here it starts. Early 80’s I have a small office at 930 Hamilton Street (now the Butz Building). I was in sound and lighting, working as a production manager for promoters like the late Tom Makoul and Electric Factory Concerts. I got into managing original bands and was in need of some great promo...

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