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The Thinker Ponders in a New Place

Auguste Rodin's statue of the Thinker, a fixed feature on the Parkway since the Great Depression, is now pondering the world indoors.

The Thinker Ponders in a New Place

Auguste Rodin's statue of the Thinker, an outdoor feature on the Ben Franklin Parkway since the Great Depression, is now pondering the world indoors. The statue, one of more than 20 casts of the French sculptor's most famous work, was moved to the Philadelphia Museum of Art - its temporary home during renovations at the nearby Rodin Museum.

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.

Reach Tom at tgralish@phillynews.com.

Tom Gralish Inquirer Staff Photographer
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