founded by brian cohen, and in partnership with pittsburgh filmmakers/pittsburgh center for the arts, the marcellus shale documentary project (msdp) is a collaborative photo documentary project focusing on the social and environmental effects of unconventional gas exploration in pennsylvania.  photographers brian cohen, nina berman, scott goldsmith, noah addis, lynn johnson and martha rial have been documenting the people and places that have been affected by the arrival, in the early years of the twenty-first century, of what is popularly known as "fracking".  a book synthesizes the msdp, which has been traveling as an exhibit since 2012 and continues to visit communities across the marcellus shale region.

for brian cohen's images, click here or on the thumbnail above.

for the latest schedule of venues for the exhibit, click here.

for more information on the msdp, go to

the marcellus shale documentary project is generously funded by the pittsburgh foundation, the heinz endowments, the sprout fund, the william penn foundation, the donald and sylvia robinson foundation, and by several individual donors including nancy bernstein, cathy raphael, and josh whetzel.