Flyer for Brian James Spies Beautiful Pictures at Factory Works March 2019

WILLIAMSPORT -- Factory Works Gallery at the Pajama Factory in Williamsport invites you to Beautiful Pictures, an exhibition of large format photographs by Williamsport photographer, Brian James Spies. The two bodies of work that make up this exhibition seek to foreground beauty as the supreme endeavor, both creative and human, of our time. Opening reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2019 at Factory Works Gallery at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Avenue, 9-210. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be up through March 28, 2019.

According to Spies, “Beauty is what makes life worth living and my decision to make these pictures is a concerted effort to remind myself and others of this fact.” He goes on to say, “beauty (is) an inherent contradiction. It tells us a universal truth through manipulating us into believing in a lie. Beauty is both absolute in its ability to present a sense of the infinite and dependent entirely upon its own impermanence.” This work addresses the important and necessary role beauty plays in our lives.

This exhibition specifically consists of two ongoing bodies of work, the first of which is called “Unicorns” and consists of portraits of various creatives from in and around Williamsport that have been printed using the silver halide process in the darkroom and then hand dyed using a process developed by Spies. The second body of work consists of the artist’s ongoing explorations of gender identity. These works, consisting of Silver Gelatin and Chromogenic Prints, known as the “Hinterland Drag Performance”, are self-portraits done in character as what Spies refers to as The Pennsylvania Dutchess.

We hope you will join us in experiencing these beautiful pictures and what Spies, through taking them, has to say about the subject of beauty. Factory Works Gallery is open, in addition to the reception, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 4 to 6 p.m. or by appointment by emailing

 Accessibility info: Factory Works Gallery is located on the second floor of the historic Pajama Factory. It is accessible via stairs or a freight elevator. If you require access to the elevator the night of the reception, please call us at 443-977-8682 to arrange for someone to come down to pick you up. Additionally, there is seating available in the gallery.

If you have any accessibility needs or questions, prior to visiting, please reach out by emailing and we will do our best to answer / accommodate them.

Factory Works Gallery, a project of Factory Works, is a space for emerging and established artists, both locally and regionally, to experiment, materially and conceptually, and for the community to engage with work that challenges notions of what art can and does look like.

Biographical Information

Brian James Spies has a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art (Photo Concentration) from Lycoming College (2002, Cum Laude), a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from The Maryland Institute College of Art (2010), and a Masters of Fine Art from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2012) where he was awarded the prestigious Faculty Award. He works primarily in photography, specializing in large format portraiture. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions around the United States, including recently at The Power Plant Gallery at Duke University and Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. He has curated multiple exhibitions in Philadelphia and North Central PA and is currently the director of The Factory Works Photo Lab, at the Pajama Factory in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.