A reflection in the window of the Staten Island ferry of the city’s new skyline, 2002, by Eugene Richards
Eugene Richards is a photographer, writer and documentary filmmaker who for 40 years has chronicled the social, emotional and economic landscape of America. His poignant depiction of New York City’s post-9/11 skyline is part of Art for Sandy Relief is a collaboration by 20x200 and TIME’s photo editors to bring aid to those affected by Sandy. All net proceeds from the 12 prints in this series go to 6 local organizations working directly to help Sandy survivors.
Richards discusses how he discovered this shot in a moving artist statement:
“Like many photographers after 9/11, I struggled to come to terms with the devastation of the attacks on the World Trade Center. As the months passed, I journeyed with my wife, Janine, from our Brooklyn home to the fenced-in site known as Ground Zero that had been largely dealt with as a crime scene, as a horror and, most disturbingly, as a tourist attraction. But we came to view Ground Zero as an ever-evolving repository for the missing, for remembering, for self-examination.
“On a freezing winter day in early 2002, I took the Staten Island ferry toward Manhattan, dismayed, as ever, at how much the city had changed. I tried to make a picture of the skyline, but couldn’t, since the only thing I saw was the void left by the terrorist attacks. Then I turned to peer inside the ferry that was filled with passengers looking out. It was then that I noticed the reflection, a kind of ghostly image, one that had me imagining, with its tower-like shafts of light, that this was our city as it once was.”
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