Thursday, January 29, 2015

Scenes from Black Friday

Shoppers, shoppers and more shoppers

Scenes from Black Friday

Scoring a Black Friday Trifecta-ThreeFer-Hat Trick,  I was able to hit all three shopping categories - the ubiquitous big box stores, the specialty downtown storefronts, and the gigundo upscale destination mall.

I started at the Best Buy, Target and Walmart in the rain in South Philadelphia.

Then off to Walnut Street in Center City. A few stores had early morning openings for Black Friday, but for the city and the Philadelphia Parking Authority, it was just another work day. That meant NO PARKING on the street until after 9:30 a.m. Unless you're a cop protecting the i-Things inside the Apple Store.


The drive out to the King of Prussia Mall, normally a Schuylkill Expressway headache wasn't that bad. I guess because by 9 a.m. everybody else was already inside the mall shopping.

More photos in the Inquirer gallery.

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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