Saturday, May 30, 2015

Pretty Color Pictures

Color versions of B&W published photos

Pretty Color Pictures

I've been asked by readers if I would post a color version of a B&W photo readers had seen in the newspaper. Some guessed they'd be "prettier," in color, and others wanted to be able to link to the photo so they could share it with friends online.

It's a simple way to fill a post, so maybe I'll do it every Monday from now on. This is the "Scene Through the Lens" photo from today's newspaper.

That's former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on the screen in an empty theater at the National Constitution Center this past week. His image was projected live from elsewhere in the building, as wire service photographers (and me) used laptops to file pictures electronically before the awarding of the Liberty Medal. Click here for more photos from the medal ceremonies.

Inquirer Staff Photographer
About this blog

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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