a Philadelphia photo essay, in the Inquirer

Monday, March 11, 2013

The days are rarely what we imagine they will be. The news comes in. The shock. The losses. Ordinary days, as my friend Katrina Kenison has written, are, often, the greatest gifts of all.

One of the greatest gifts I've been given in recent months is the chance to write an occasional piece for the Inquirer—pieces about the city I unashamedly love. I don't write journalism, don't know how. I just write my heart. And I take my camera out there, too, because sometimes my lens writes the stories better than my handful of words.

This past weekend I was blessed by the publication of a photo essay about that part of Philadelphia once known as Bush Hill. I wrote about my travels through that area years ago and the revival of Eastern State Penitentiary.

You can write all you want, take whatever photos cross your path. It's nothing without an editor and a designer. And so today I thank Kevin Ferris and his team for the layout that they chose for the front page of this past Sunday's Currents section.


Stephen Ettinger said...

Beth, I enjoyed your article and pictures of Eastern State. I was a social worker in the Pa. System and was very familiar with Eastern State.
Eastern State was the first Penitentiary in the world and copied by others. The city of Ushuaia, Argentina copied our Philadelphia Plan at their local prison. Now the prison is a museum and within each of the cells are pictures of other prisons, but none of Eastern. Your pics are great and I was hoping you could help me acquire some more for the Ushuaia museum? Thank you,
Stephen Ettinger

Nicole Fox, Eastern State Penitentiary said...


Thanks so much for sharing this information about the prison museum in Ushuaia. It would be great if Eastern State were included. Hi-res images can be downloaded from our online press room - http://www.easternstate.org/contact/press-room/photos

Let me know if there's anything else I can do to help!

Nicole Fox
Senior Specialist, Marketing & Interactive Media
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

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