Dan MuranoPhotography

I'm the guy who keeps this site running, and I'm honored to share this forum with these wonderful friends as both current and future contributors. I've been a photographer for most of my life, and I look forward to sharing much of the work I've done within these pages. And for photographers,  I also look forward to sharing tips on how best to capture and display your own work, either film-based, digital, or a combination of both.

Oct 25, 2017
Written by: Dan Murano

An ongoing series about editing work.

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Clicking any image opens a gallery.

Jun 21, 2017
Written by: Dan Murano

In the mid to late 1970s, I managed a barely successful nightclub on the North Side of Pittsburgh called the Home Circle Club, which sounded more like a knitting circle than the gay girls bar that it was when my family took over the license.

The club was in a white, brick building with a forty-foot chiseled- hill looming over it. Branches and rocks often tumbled down onto the graveled roof that leaked whenever it rained. Parking was on residential side streets, and public transportation was a shadowy walk through a shuttered neighborhood.

Faux-oak paneled walls surrounded the oval bar and a pool table on the upper level, and table seating overlooked the lower level, which had an oversize stage with a dressing room and a dance floor lit up by strings of Christmas lights flashing to disco beats. An industrial gas heater hanging from the ceiling rumbled like an idling bus through the long Pittsburgh winters, and in summer, pedestal fans churned sweltering air, mixing cigarette smoke with the smell of sour beer.

Our bartender staged a walkout with her customers shortly after we took over, saying she said she didn't like the way we were running the place. Fortunately, I had known Pittsburgh's gay scene for years, so  my friends and I fanned out through the bars to bring in new business. Friends brought their friends and we collected a congenial mix of gay and straight patrons who found the atmosphere homey and comfortable. Some came just for the homemade meals that mom cooked on Wednesdays and Sundays. It was a family operation.

Among our new customers were actors from local theater groups, among them, Gorman Lowe, who also became a good friend. Gorman had recently played a seriously overweight King Herod in Jesus Christ, Superstar, furiously pedaling an exercise bike while singing his part. He was a brilliant actor and playwright, and a very witty man. Gorman recognized the club's potential for theater, and it wasn't long before he proposed a theater production designed for our humble stage. His and fellow producer / actor KC's  musical comedy, Bosom Buddies, was the first in a string of performances by dozens of multi-talented actors, singers, choreographers, costume designers and musicians. Each show was written, directed and scored by the actors, who usually also played the leading roles. They were comedic geniuses, and audiences loved them.

The Wizard of Odds

Jun 11, 2017
Written by: Dan Murano

It was a typically sweltering Gay Pride day in Washington, D.C. when the parade started at 4:30 p.m., and it still had a long way to go when I left about two and a half hours later. Here are some of my favorite photos. Be sure to see the gallery at the bottom of the page for a wider selection of images.