- Paperback: 350 pages
- Publisher: Phaidon Press; 43411th edition (1994)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CF5W498
- Package Dimensions: 15.1 x 11.5 x 1.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,839,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After September 11th, 2001, the Ground Zero site in New York City was classified as a crime scene and only those directly involved in the recovery efforts were allowed inside. The press was also prohibited from the site, but with the help of the Museum of the City of New York and sympathetic city officials, award-winning photographer Joel Meyerowitz managed to obtain unlimited access. By ingenuity and sheer determination, he was the only photographer granted unimpeded right of entry into Ground Zero.
For 9 months, during the day and night, Meyerowitz photographed "the pile," as the World Trade Center came to be known, and the over 800 people a day that were working in it. Influenced by Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange's work for the Farm Security Administration during the Great Depression, he knew that if he didn't make a photographic record of the unprecedented recovery efforts, "there would be no history."
Sept. 23. Assembled panorama of the site from the World Financial Center, looking east. (All images copyright Joel Meyerowitz from Aftermath: World Trade Center Archive (Phaidon).
Sept. 25. The south wall of the South Tower.
Oct. 11. An FDNY rescue team resting on Liberty Street.
Nov. 8. Spotters in the South Tower.
May 1. Ralph and Paul Geidel waiting for a fresh raking field.
Marking the 5th anniversary of September 11th, Phaidon Press has published this extraordinary new book AFTERMATH: THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ARCHIVE with photographs and text by Joel Meyerowitz, which will feature, for the first time, the vast collection of Meyerowitzs previously unpublished photos from Ground Zero along with the engaging account of his experience in his own words. This historic publication is the only existing photographic record of the monumental recovery efforts post-9/11.
From portraits of the people he met to the accidental beauty of the ruins at dusk, AFTERMATH features 400 breathtaking color photographs, many taken with a large format camera. Bronx-born Meyerowitz brings his trademark sensitivity, intelligence and eye for beauty to these poignant images that will hold an important place in American history.
AFTERMATH brings to life the tireless determination of the scores of individuals who assisted in the clean-up process, including construction workers, police officers, firefighters, welders or "burners," engineers, crane operators and volunteers. Presented on a monumental scale, and interspersed with fascinating stories, the book documents the transformation of the site chronologically from piles of devastation to an empty pit six stories below ground. This landmark book offers current and future generations the opportunity to finally travel inside a forbidden city where thousands were brought together by a common cause.
|"I was taking pictures for everyone who didn't have access to the site," says Meyerowitz in AFTERMATH, "so I decided to work with a large-format wooden view camera. This camera was impossible to hide, but it enabled me to make images of the fullest description, with a sense of deep space. I wanted to communicate what it felt like to be in there as well as what it looked like: to show the pile's incredible intricacy and visceral power.... I could provide a window for everyone else who wanted to be there, too--to help, or to grieve, or simply to try to understand what had happened to our city."|
The World Trade Center Archive, consisting of thousands of Meyerowitz's images, is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of the City of New York where it is available for research, exhibition and publication. For the past few years, a small selection of these photographs was featured in an exhibition, "After September 11: Images from Ground Zero," which traveled to more than 200 cities in 60 countries, reaching over 3.5 million people. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Renowned photographer Meyerowitz has a loft on 19th Street that granted him a magnificent view of the World Trade Center, which he photographed from the 1980s onward in all seasons and at all times of day and night. Meyerowitz took his last picture of the great towers on September 5, 2001, writing in his log book, "WTC-7:30--Lights on in WTC. Simple picture, no drama, empty sky, peaceful." Meyerowitz continued to photograph the WTC after September 11, determined to document the aftermath of its catastrophic annihilation. His staggering photographs and compelling commentary are now published in a suitably grand volume. Working with a large-format view camera, Meyerowitz created extraordinarily sharp and deeply dimensional photographs that record the nine grueling months of the operation at Ground Zero, capturing scenes horrific, fantastic, and heroic. The contrast between the apocalyptic massiveness of the treacherous wreckage and the vulnerability of the brave, diligent, and caring men and women working to excavate the dead and clear the land is profound. Sensitive to both the visual drama of Ground Zero and its "abiding sense of spirituality," Meyerowitz has created an archive that is both a work of history and of art. Donna Seaman
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In the first few weeks after the attacks on the WTC, I found myself drawn to the site. Something within me needed to see "Ground Zero" up close in order for me to begin to process what had happened there. For some individuals, attending a wake where the body of a loved one is on display is a ghoulish practice. For others, it is a necessary part of the process of acknowledging the reality of the death of the departed. I felt as if I needed to "view the body" of the WTC - a place that had been special to me since it was first built. I had enjoyed meals in the "Windows on the World" restaurant and had brought many friends and family members to the observation deck. I had seen the site from the air on September 16th, but I needed to see if from ground level. So, I drove to NYC and made my way to lower Manhattan. I parked a few blocks north of the site and spent several hours walking the perimeter, reading the notices asking for help in locating lost and missing relatives, talking with police officers guarding the perimeter - trying to get a sense of the place. When I returned to my car, it was covered in a thick patina of greasy ash that still filled the air for many blocks around Ground Zero.
At my desk in my office in Wellesley I keep a crystal block that memorializes the WTC and the first responders who raised an American flag over the rubble. The events of 9/11 are never far from my mind. So, when I learned that a picture book was being released on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the attacks on the WTC, I ordered the book from [...].
The book, "Aftermath: World Trade Center Archive" by Joel Meyerowitz, is a huge "coffee table" book. This tome is a stunning work of art that is the result of amazing diligence, courage and ingenuity on the part of photographer Joel Meyerowitz. This heart-rending and sobering collection is the only archive of images of Ground Zero after the events of September 11. In his narrative of what he experienced during the nine months during which he captured images of the clearing of debris from the site of the WTC, Meyerowitz compares the site to Pompeii.
"The nine months I worked at Ground Zero were among the most rewarding of my life. I came as an outsider, a witness bent on keeping the record, but over time I began to feel a part of the very project I'd been intent on recording, and I was accepted on the site as a member of the tribe. Photography is often a very solitary profession. But the intense camaraderie I experienced at Ground Zero inspired me, changing both my sense of myself and my sense of responsibility to the world around me. September 11th was a tragedy of almost unfathomable proportions. But living for nine months in the midst of those individuals who faced that tragedy head-on, day after day, and did what they could to set things right, was an immense privilege. I am deeply grateful to have worked alongside these men and women. I documented the aftermath for everyone who couldn't be there. But this book is dedicated to those who were." (From the forward)
Meyerowitz has made a major contribution towards helping us remember and process in a new ways the tragedy of that day in 2001. I plan to give a copy of this remarkable book to my daughter-in-law, who is a gifted professional photographer in her own right.
For anyone who continues to be moved by what happened at the WTC, this book is a worthy investment of time, money and emotional energy.
Book chronicles the site from early on, throughout the following months as the debris is removed and the previously underground areas are exposed. Besides presenting a graphic portrait of the damage and horror of the site, you also get a fascinating glimpse at the structural marvel that was the World Trade Center.