Reprise: Twin Towers Remembered
View from Broadway near Berry Street, Brooklyn, New York, August 21, 2001
Camilo José Vergara
In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks on the United States, the National Building Museum collaborated with an acclaimed documentarian to present the exhibition Twin Towers Remembered: A Selection of Camilo José Vergara’s Photographs (November 10, 2001–March 10, 2002). The exhibition and its corresponding book, produced in partnership with Princeton Architectural Press, were a tribute to the World Trade Center and Metropolitan New York. This 10th anniversary slideshow reprises those efforts and is presented in memory of those who lost their lives on that tragic day.
Born in Chile, Camilo José Vergara moved to New York in 1970 and immediately began chronicling the construction of the World Trade Center. Though he eventually lost interest in documenting the Twin Towers on an ongoing basis, they often materialized in his desolate cityscapes, “rising above the waterways, vegetation, junkyards, expressways, subways, and ordinary houses that were my primary interest.”
Just as they did a decade ago, these photographs communicate the undeniable contribution the Twin Towers made to the identity of a neighborhood, a region, a nation, and the world.
A selection of the photographer’s work will be on view September 3 – December 4, 2011 at the Museum of the City of New York.