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POSTED: Thursday, May 17, 2012, 9:44 AM

Of course the collection assembled by Albert C. Barnes, moved from his old Merion mansion to the new Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway was impressive. Inside the galleries are the originals of almost every modernist and impressionist masterpieces you've ever seen in any text book or art poster.

But, it was the design of the building and grounds by Architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien and landscape architect Laurie Olin that I focused on (after shooting the 200- some reporters, critics, and photographers from the United States and abroad who toured the building yesterday). You can see those pictures are in a gallery here.

The Inquirer's complete package of videos, stories, graphics and photos is here.

POSTED: Monday, May 14, 2012, 7:24 AM

POSTED: Sunday, May 6, 2012, 11:21 AM

Photographing some events: The Mummers, Mardi Gras, Halloween Drag Parties - and Star Trek Conventions - is like taking candy from a baby Betazoid (that a better metaphor than this post's title?)

My first experience "to boldly go" out photographing Trekkies (they actually prefer to be called Trekkers) was around the time the science officer of the Starship USS Enterprise made the cover of Newsweek (1986 - "The Enduring Power of Star Trek").

POSTED: Saturday, May 5, 2012, 10:35 PM

Between other assignments in Atlantic City this week, I walked over to the new Revel resort casino. It's been open a few weeks, but will have its "Grand Opening" on Memorial Day weekend with Beyoncé headlining the 5,500-seat Ovation Hall for three nights.

Ididn't go inside - so didn't get a chance to try out Iron Chef Jose Garces' indoor taco truck - but I had a productive hour wandering around on the boardwalk side of the $2 billion resort, hotel, casino and spa. Then, drove by the "back" side on my way out of town.

POSTED: Thursday, May 3, 2012, 3:41 PM

The annual Living Flame Memorial Service honoring police and firefighters killed in the line of duty was held Wednesday at Franklin Square.

During the speeches before the wreath-laying ceremony, I was wandering in the rear of the crowd when I saw Police Crpl. Robert Pawlowski and a young boy meandering among the uniformed officers just as I was doing.

Pawlowski seemed to know everybody, but the youngster wasn't as outgoing.



POSTED: Monday, April 30, 2012, 8:44 AM

Waiting in North Philadelphia for Prince Edward (offically, His Royal Highness The Prince Edward Antony Richard Louis, Earl of Wessex, Viscount Severn, Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty... and seventh in the line of succession to the British Throne) to arrive for luncheon and ceremonial tree planting at Girard College, during his two-day visit to Philadelphia last week.

So call this one a royal-in-waiting version, in the series "spanning the tri-state region to bring you the constant variety of headshots..."

POSTED: Sunday, April 29, 2012, 11:56 PM

I've made dozens of videos since philly.com starting using them a few years ago. And I've made mistakes on every single one of them. But I've also learned something from each of the mistakes. The biggest lesson, one I am reminded of every single time I shoot a video, is the importance of good sound. Both the quality and the content. My latest video - an opera flash mob - had automatic content, but it was in the quality where I'd come up short.

Opera singers usually stand on a stage and produce a sound that fills the entire room (or cavernous concert hall). Audio recording engineers usually do NOT place their microphones anywhere close to that really loud and wide dynamic range sound source. My microphone? Not too far from their faces, on the hot-shoe of my Nikon D-7000 (with a shock-mount & windscreen) wtith a 20mm lens (in the tight crowd).

But the sound wasn't really the lesson learned this time. This time, in the three minute "flash Performance" by the the Opera Company of Philadelphia among the cheesesteak-eaters outside Geno's in South Philadelphia, I realized why live performances are usually always covered with multiple cameras. There is not much I can do about that the next time, so maybe it's not a lesson learned. I'll just call it a lesson appreciated.



POSTED: Monday, April 9, 2012, 3:36 PM

We didn't have much of a winter this year, but what a spring it has been.

That's the first few seconds of the rush to scoop up 25,000 (yes, the comma's in the right place) Easter eggs on the football field at Cherry Hill West High School yesterday. Find more photos here, and a time-lapse video here (you can see me at the 20-second mark taking the picture at left).



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.

Reach Tom at tgralish@phillynews.com.

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