Magazine article The New Yorker

Witness

Magazine article The New Yorker

Witness

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Joel Meyerowitz is a photographer best known for his New York street scenes and his landscapes and seascapes of Cape Cod. He is, in the main, a tranquil artist, and perhaps his signature is the sweetness and the colors of the sky over the bay in Provincetown. He is not generally a photographer of politics and suffering. And yet when Meyerowitz, at his cottage on the Cape, heard the news of catastrophe he made his way back to the city and then downtown.

With help from Robert Macdonald, the director of the Museum of the City of New York, Meyerowitz arranged with the Mayor's office to gain free access to the site and take photographs of the ruins and of the improvised society of construction workers, police officers, firefighters, and volunteers who were there around the clock. "A horrible tragedy has taken place, and it needs to be recorded, every inch of it," he said the other day. …

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