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A cell Block from Eastern state Penitentiary,
A Philadelphia Pa. Landmark.
Opened in 1829 as part of a controversial movement to change the behavior of inmates through "confinement in solitude with labor," Eastern State Penitentiary quickly became one of the most expensive and most copied buildings in the young United States. It is estimated that more than 300 prisons worldwide are based on the Penitentiary's wagon-wheel, or "radial" floor plan.

Some of America's most notorious criminals were held in the Penitentiary's vaulted, sky-lit cells, including bank robber Willie Sutton and Al Capone. After 142 years of consecutive use, Eastern State Penitentiary was completely abandoned in 1971, and now stands, a lost world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers.

From the website easternstate.org

Camera:Pentax K10D Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:Sigma 28-70 F2.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:An American Classic
Username:raul_naja raul_naja
Uploaded:14 Jun 2008 - 3:31 AM
Tags:Architecture, Eastern state penitentiary, General, History, Landscape / travel, Prison
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jetbluesky
14 Jun 2008 - 5:39 AM

A difficult shot nicely done...excellent

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Sahyadri  661 forum posts India2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2008 - 6:23 AM

you have "managed" the light so well... great shot raul

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Artistwally
14 Jun 2008 - 6:55 AM

very moody - I can almost smell it.
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VIKI  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2008 - 7:32 AM

I can feel the despair of the place. Great image.
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raul_naja  8 United States
16 Jun 2008 - 2:33 AM

Thanks for the comments. This place was something to see, and imagine what it was like over one hundred years ago When it was a functioning Penitentiary.

Kevin

Last Modified By raul_naja at 16 Jun 2008 - 2:34 AM

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