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Archive: March, 2011

POSTED: Sunday, March 13, 2011, 11:37 AM

Friday started with a pre-dawn scan of televison news broadcasts to see whether the predicted heavy rains caused any flooding. It wasn't as bad as expected, so after shooting a South Jersey traffic circle under water, I went on to regular assignments. Parking near City Hall, I noticed a bird in a puddle in Dilworth Plaza.

POSTED: Thursday, March 10, 2011, 8:50 AM

Gov. Tom Corbett visited the new Microsoft technology center in the Great Valley Corporate Center, and went "bowling" on the company's Xbox 360 motion-sensing Kinect video game.

The Avatar got the back of his head right anyway...

POSTED: Saturday, March 5, 2011, 10:57 PM

I remember John Street's very first press conference after he took office as the city's 97th mayor in 2000.

A reporter standing in the back of the room asked the new mayor a question, and kneeling in an aisle, I stood up to photograph him as he turned and faced her to answer.

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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