Looking Back | Moving Forward
August 17 - October 22, 2011
Joel Meyerowitz, Flags on the façade
of the World Financial Center, 2001
Aftermath: Photographs of Ground Zero by Joel Meyerowitz
[This exhibition of 22 photographs] is drawn from an extraordinary archive of pictures that is the only existing photographic record of Ground Zero after the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Fenced off and classified as a crime scene, the area was closed to all photographers,
and only scant information was available about the activities in the guarded enclosure that became known as "the forbidden city." Through sheer persistence involving daily acts of resourcefulness and defiance, Joel Meyerowitz became the sole photographer to have continued access to the site and describe its transformation over the next nine months from a place of total devastation to cleared bedrock.
[The project] serves not only as an elegy to the thousands who lost their lives, but also celebrates the tireless effort and bravery of the thousands of police officers, fire fighters, construction workers, engineers, and volunteers who assisted in the clean-up process.... These images of physical ruin and emotional strength place on record the moments of courage, compassion, and solidarity that occurred there.
—from the book Aftermath (Phaidon Press Limited, NY, 2006)
"Observe 9-11 in Ceremonies at Universities," Gabrielle Hendon, Daily Courier Observer, Potsdam and Massena, NY, September 2, 2011
"Exhibit Shows Aftermath of World Trade Center Attack," WWNY-TV, Watertown, NY, September 7, 2011
"St. Lawrence University Exhibit Revisits 9/11 with a Diversity of Art and Artists," Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, NY, September 12, 2011
"The Day Our World Changed: Children's Art of 9/11 Exhibit," blog for The Laurentian Magazine, Canton, NY, October 23, 2011
Joel Meyerowitz, A welder wounded by an explosion
buried ammunition in the Customs Building, 2001