Tours that stand the test of time.
The views have been in use on Eastern’s web site for many years - and helped secure badly needed funding for the restoration of this important site.
The site has changed dramatically since these photos were shot nearly 20 years ago. The Synagogue has been completely restored, the ceiling in the Central Surveillance Hub is gone, plaster has fallen and been restored. The Chaplains Outer Office is no longer there. While the changes have been necessary in order to accommodate visitors and preserve the structure - what you will see here is gone. These images are a moment in time after the building was left abandoned and before the funding to preserve the site was in place.
There are 32 individual stops along this tour.
More information on the Penitentiary can be found at easternstate.org
( If you're in Philadelphia - it's worth a visit - just up the hill from the Museum of Art and the "Rocky" steps. )
These images were taken with a 35mm camera and a 17mm lens.
It is an excellent example of the archival qualities of shooting a space as an anamorphic projection.
Shot in 1999 and 2000, it demonstrates that the technology won't go out of date.
Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
A map of the site, showing all the locations photographed. It can be found on the floor of each projection.
An anamorphic reflection on a tea pot