Sunday, March 29, 2015

235th Anniversary

The Fourth of July

235th Anniversary

A Fourth of July weekend:

The crowd on the lawn at Independence Hall for a Sunday night concert by Peter Nero and the Philly Pops Orchestra...

Fourth of July Parade, Haddonfield, NJ...

...where the ladies of the Fortnightly celebrated the British part of Independence Day.

South Broad Street in Hamilton, NJ...

"Excessive speed was a factor" according to West Brandywine Police, in a one-car crash that killed four teenagers early Sunday morning. Instead of going to cookouts or parades, their classmates at Coatesville Area High School were visiting the accident scene.

And on Monday, A man who shot five people in Montgomery County Saturday night was killed in a home in Delaware county after he was surrounded by police SWAT teams.

Tom Gralish Inquirer Staff Photographer
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Tom Gralish is a general assignment photographer at The Inquirer, concentrating on local news and self-generated feature photos.

He has been at the paper since 1983, photographing everything from revolution in the Philippines to George W. Bush’s road to the White House to homeless people living on the street right outside his newspaper's front door. For his photo essay on Philadelphia’s homeless, he was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Award.

His weekly newspaper column, "Scene Through the Lens," takes a look at Philadelphia's urban landscape.

Gralish, along with Inquirer colleague and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Vitez, spent a year visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art to capture the stories and photos of "Rocky runners" who come from all over the world to climb the steps - just as Sylvester Stallone did in the Academy Award winning film, Rocky. Their book, Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope and Happiness at America’s Most Famous Steps, was published in November 2006.

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