Joel Meyerowitz on Photographing Ground Zero

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Photographer Joel Meyerowitz discusses the 10th anniversary edition/re-release of Aftermath, his book of photographs he took that record the recovery efforts at Ground Zero. He was the only professional photographer granted entry to the site. A number of his photographs will be displayed in the 9/11 Memorial Museum.




Joel Meyerowitz
Image from Aftermath, Panorama of plaza, looking south and west.
Joel Meyerowitz
Image from Aftermath, South Tower looking west.
Joel Meyerowitz
Image from Aftermath, Ironworkers at Ground Zero
Joel Meyerowitz
Image from Aftermath, The Winter Garden
Joel Meyerowitz
Image from Aftermath, A wounded welder.
Joel Meyerowitz
Image from Aftermath, Fireman places flowers on the debris.
Joel Meyerowitz
Image from Aftermath, Smoke in the sunlight.
Joel Meyerowitz
Image from Aftermath, Eddie.


Joel Meyerowitz

Comments [4]

photoguy from NY, NY

To Paul: I have heard Joel speak about his Ground Zero project many times and the story is always the same. Yes, in the beginning he did "sneak" his way in each day (as much as one can "sneak" by with an 8x10 view camera on a huge tripod) while trying to go through the proper channels to gain access - not because he wanted to profit but because he felt it was a huge mistake to not document the worst attack on american soil ever. Imagine no photographs taken at Pearl Harbor. Also, the expense to produce this archive of over 8,000 images came out of his own pocket (not to mention lost income from putting his other art projects on hold), and those costs and lost income dwarf what little money has come his way from the sale of any prints. In terms of the archive itself, he speaks about donating it to a museum to be available to the general public for generations to come.

Jan. 23 2012 09:31 AM
Vinny_G from Upper West Side NYC

You can always convert color to B&W, but not so easy the other way. I can't imagine the dust problems with a view camera.

Sep. 06 2011 12:29 PM
Paul Brown from NY, NY

Joel Meyerowitz claims to be "the only professional photographer granted access" He has never addressed exactly who granted him access. Most first responders, myself included, believe he signed in as a volunteer, or perhaps as a contractor. Then took photos and profitted from them, instead of doing the job he was granted access for.

Sep. 06 2011 12:28 PM
michelle from rome

Amazed to hear Joel's reference about "Millet Painting ,The Gleaners" and ground zero!
It is what I saw too and have here

Sep. 06 2011 12:20 PM

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