The September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City was the most photographed terrorist act — and perhaps the most photographed single news event– in history. Photography also played an important role in efforts to comprehend the grief, loss, and actions that followed. On the tenth anniversary of the attacks, photographs –taken before, during and after that day – form the centerpiece for numerous cultural events and public reflections. Here is a partial list of exhibitions and online galleries.
Exhibits and Events
Joel Meyerowitz: “Aftermath”
The only photographer granted access to Ground Zero during the months of recovery will display his work in this gallery exhibition. Phaidon has also re-released his book, Aftermath, in a new tenth anniversary edition.
September 10-17. Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York. (Opening reception and book signing, September 10.)
The International Center of Photography has collaborated with the National September 11 Memorial Museum on “Remembering 9/11,” a five-part exhibition: “Memory Remains: 9/11 Artifacts at Hangar 17;” photographs from Eugene Richards’s Stepping Through the Ashes; a five-channel video installation, cedarliberty, by Elena del Rivero and Leslie McCleave; “Above Ground Zero,” photographs and proof sheets by Gregg Brown; and excerpts from the storefront exhibition that opened in New York shortly after 9/11, “here is new york: a democracy of photographs.” Through January 8. International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street, New York.
“The Twin Towers and the City”
Photographer Camilo Jose Vergara’s four decades-long study of the World Trade Center from vantage points in New York and New Jersey. The work “captures the Twin Towers’ place in the history of the city, their colossal presence on New York’s skyline, and their surprising gracefulness,” says the Museum of the City of New York, which is hosting the exhibition through December 4. 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street New York. For more information visit www.mcny.org/exhibitions/current/Twin-Towers-Vergara.html or call 212-534-1672
“Witness to Tragedy and Recovery”
NPPA and Pace University has sponsored this exhibition of work by more than 30 newspaper photographers, curated by Bolivar Arellano Gallery, as well as artifacts donated by families of 9/11 victims and rescue workers. Through September 24. Confirm hours at 212-618-6931. Multipurpose Room, Pace University, 3 Spruce Street, New York
Charlotte Dumas, “Retrieved”
Charlotte Dumas photographed the now-retired rescue dogs who worked on recovery at the World Trade Center site. The images are now on view at the Julie Saul Gallery through October 15. There will also be a book signing and fundraiser at Clic Bookshop and Gallery benefiting the First Responder Alliance produced by Love & Hate Inc, Special Projects Management for the Arts. Julie Saul Gallery 535 West 22nd Street, New York
“Nights of 9/11: Photographs of Hale Gurland”
Gurland is a sculptor and photographer in Tribeca who helped with the rescue and recovery mission on the night of 9/11. His black-and-white images, shot on 5 rolls of film that night and several subsequent nights, will be on display for the first time at Fovea Exhibitions through November 6. The opening reception is on Saturday, September 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. 143 Main Street, Beacon, New York, 12508. www.foveaexhibitions.org
“John Botte – The 9/11 Photographs” As a former NYPD detective and first responder, Botte had access to Ground Zero in the days and weeks after the 9/11 attacks. Botte calls his 9/11-related images “a permanent tribute to the people who shaped me as a person and professional – to the friends I lost and the ones I never got a chance to make.” Curated by photographer Timothy White, the exhibition runs through September 24. Calumet Gallery, 22 West 22nd Street, New York.
Frank Schramm’s “In Shock, Reporting Live from Ground Zero”
Portraits of television reporters off camera, part of the program on 9/11 and the media at the Paley Center for Media in New York, 25 West 52 Street New York. Through September 25.
Dart Society Reports
The Web site of the Dart Society, which supports journalists covering trauma, conflict and human rights, has collected personal remembrances and reflections by photographers who covered 9/11 and the immediate aftermath. www.dartsocietyreports.org/
The photo editors at Time Magazine have put together several 9/11-themed features for their photo blog, including an interview with James Nachtwey about reviewing the contact sheets of his images from 9/11 for the first time in ten years; Scott Goldsmith’s images of Shanksville, PA; reflections by photo editors, photographers and educators on the images that moved them the most; and more. The magazine’s special feature, “Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience” features portraits and video interviews by photographer Marco Grob with more than 40 individuals who “les us, moved us and inspired us, from the morning of the attacks through the tumultuous decade that followed.”
Witness to History: The Photographers of 9/11
Video recounts the events of 9/11 through the words and images of photographers who working that day, including Richard Drew, David Handschuh, Shannon Stapleton, and Thomas E. Franklin, the photographer of the iconic photo of firefighters raising the flag at Ground Zero (and now the multimedia editor at northjersey.com)
Susan Meiselas: Ground Zero Artifacts and Construction
The Magnum photographer visited the site of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at Ground Zero and the New York State Museum in Albany three months before the tenth anniversary to document the preservation, documentation and storage of artifacts recovered from Ground Zero. A slide show of her images is now on the Magnum Photos web site, www.magnumphotos.com.
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