Friday, December 26, 2014

Photographer's presence challenged

Photographer Tom Gralish reports:

Photographer's presence challenged

Voters wait in line outside the Kingsessing Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library. Mildred Stilies, seated, wouldn´t giver her age, but the first president she voted for was John F. Kennedy.
Voters wait in line outside the Kingsessing Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library. Mildred Stilies, seated, wouldn't giver her age, but the first president she voted for was John F. Kennedy. TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer

Photographer Tom Gralish reports:

8:40 a.m. At 50th and Chester in southwest Philadelphia, a white woman and Obama volunteer who did not identify herself,  challenged the presence of a photographer. Both whites and blacks were standing in line, but she said she was concerned that a white man with a camera would scare people. "I'm a lawyer. I'm protecting these people. Protecting their rights," she said. "Tell you what. Why don't you go to a white polling place? These people are intimidated by cameras. There's a history."

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