Pittsburgh UnFactory

“Improving quality and eliminating defects in every process.” That’s the promise of Six Sigma, the secular religion of manufacturing.

Throughout my years of photographing people in industrial settings, this topic has come up many times. Six Sigma is a solid framework for turning out widgets or other items that needs to be identical.

Art, on the other hand, isn’t a product of a factory. Even Andy Warhol, the ultimate Factory artist, wasn’t working to a Six Sigma spec.

My recent visit to Andy’s birthplace of Pittsburgh, involved spending some time with an artist named Linda Price-Sneddon. She works deliberately with astonishing output but not in the way an assembly line pushes out product.

Her studio was the the ultimate unFactory.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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