December 25, 2013 |
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.
December 10, 2013 |
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.
October 11, 2013 |
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.
October 11, 2013 |
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.
August 29, 2013 |
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.
August 20, 2013 |
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.
August 16, 2013 |
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.
August 11, 2013 |
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.
August 10, 2013 |
The picture has made the rounds of social media for the last few days: An officer of Camden's new county-run police force apparently asleep in his squad car, his head tilted back and his mouth open. On Thursday, the Camden County Police Department said it was investigating. "We are deeply concerned by what appears in that photograph," Police Chief Scott Thomson said through a spokesman. "Our residents deserve the absolute best police services, and we continue to encourage anyone who sees something that appears inappropriate to immediately report it to us and we will investigate, as is the case here," he said.
July 28, 2013
This is your opportunity to show where you went and what you did on vacation this summer season, from Memorial Day, May 27, to Labor Day, Sept. 2. We'll pay $25 each for four of the five best photos. The photographer of the winning photo will receive $100. We want to see sunrises and sunsets, water-skiers and zip-liners, mountain hikes and campsites, and, of course, maxing and relaxing. We'll announce the five finalists on Sept. 15. In addition, every Sunday we'll print a Photo of the Week as selected by Inquirer editors.