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February 2, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bob Gumpert tried for years to get into jail. But it's hard if you don't commit a crime - and you want to bring a camera and recorder with you. "They don't like photographers to come in, especially those who come in and say, 'I just want you to let me in and not have any editorial control over what I'm doing,' " said the San Francisco-based photographer. After years of documenting the lives of detectives, prosecutors, and police, Gumpert persuaded a local sheriff to open the jails to him and his camera.
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January 8, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
MAYBE THE Philadelphia mob fizzled out when Joey Merlino got pinched in 1999. Or maybe it continued to thrive well into the 21st century on a steady diet of video-poker revenue and loan-sharking juice. Depends on your benchmarks for a successful criminal organization. But those photos? They were a bad idea. As closing arguments began yesterday in the retrial of reputed mob boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi and his nephew George Borgesi, federal prosecutors broke out the photo album again.
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December 25, 2013 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sometimes, the breadth and din of a big city conspire to make a person feel alone, anonymous, unseen. But on East Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia, neighbors are not only known, but celebrated. During the holiday season, 27 photos of neighborhood residents have been displayed from the windows of a three-story building at Passyunk and Tasker Street. Lights illuminate the 18- by 24-inch black-and-white photos, displayed on translucent corrugated plastic. Between 4 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. each day, the guy from down the corner and the lady across the street glow in the early winter darkness, and mere people are transformed - into Christmas decorations, into neighborhood icons, into art. "Turning this building we bought into a giant holiday greeting is our Christmas wish for our neighbors," said Kate Mellina, whose husband, Dave Christopher, took the photos.
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December 10, 2013 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
PETER JOHN Williams is a South Philly guy from 3rd and Wolf streets, a Mummer since childhood, a lawyer, and now, a first-time author. His Philadelphia: The World War I Years (Arcadia Publishing) is a photo history of the city that sent thousands overseas to fight while an influenza epidemic killed 16,000 here. "There were so many men in the service in 1918," said Williams, 57, "there weren't enough here to dig the graves. And people were afraid they would get influenza from picking up the bodies.
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October 11, 2013 | BY DAVID MAIALETTI, maialed@phillynews.com, 215-854-5143
THERE IS something refreshing in the bare-bones approach to the new exhibition at the National Constitution Center, "Capture The Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs. " White walls. Black frames. Very little text. It's every photojournalist's dream. Curator Cyma Rubin gives the more than 150 images center stage, allowing the viewer to absorb their content without distraction. A fitting choice, since the images contain some of the most important moments of their time. The show includes every winner since the Pulitzer Prize board began awarding the photography prize in 1942.
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October 11, 2013 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first image in the exhibition of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs set to open at the National Constitution Center on Friday bears an all-too-familiar intensity. A pair of Syrian snipers, holed up in a dim room, lasers of daylight streaming through bullet holes all around them, nervously watch for their next target. Javier Manzano, freelancing for Agence France-Presse, the photographer who captured the intimacy, anxiety, and strange beauty in this image, later said, "I didn't know it was a sniper's nest.
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August 29, 2013 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
PHILADELPHIA photographer Jack T. Franklin told the story of the 1963 March on Washington from almost every angle. There are photos of city political heavyweights, lawyers Cecil B. Moore and Charles Bowser, riding on a train to the march. And there are photos of ordinary Philadelphians, black and white, sitting next to each other on a train seat. One shows two women seated with a young girl, about 4 or 5 years old. The girl's face is not smiling, not fearful, but full of anticipation.
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August 20, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fondest memories of one photographer behind a New Jersey Shore photo contest and subsequent Hurricane Sandy charity calendar involve the summer days she spent crabbing and fishing and watching lifeguard races near Atlantic City in the 1960s. Another shooter grew up on the Toms River, a coastal engineering student and veteran "beach girl" at age 22. And a third photographs Long Beach Island's beaches through the eyes of her own daughter. Some who had photos and remembrances included in the calendar, which covers from this past June until May 2014, are retirees.
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August 16, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Camden firefighter Gabriel Angemi wants us to see the city as he sees it: Up close, raw, and real. So he photographs the flames, the faces, the forlorn places, and the gritty moments of grace that are Camden. "I was born for this," says Angemi, 37, referring to both the fire service and his street-smart art. "They say it's in your blood. " His father, Ronald, is a retired Camden firefighter from whom Angemi says he inherited his vocational - as well as artistic - inclinations.
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August 11, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
CAMDEN COUNTY Police officials are not taking an accusation against one of their officers lying down. The department has launched an internal investigation after a photo of an officer apparently sleeping in a patrol car made the rounds on social media websites. In the photo, the uniformed officer is in the driver's seat with his head tilted back and mouth open. "We are deeply concerned by what appears in that photograph," Police Chief Scott Thomson told the Inquirer through a spokesman.
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