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Aftermath : World Trade Center archive
Meyerowitz, Joel
Adult Nonfiction HV6432.7 .M488 2006

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This large book, measuring 15.8" 11.2" 1.5" inches and weighing 8.45 pounds, chronicles the massive efforts to clean up the debris and human remains surrounding the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks. At the time, noted photographer Meyerowitz was out of New York City but immediately attempted to return to his home. However, no one was being granted reentry for five days; to boot, the site had been labeled a "crime scene." Yet with the pulling of some strings, he was permitted access to what became known as Ground Zero and took numerous large-format color photographs of the ravaged landscape over the next nine months. The book begins with a series of breathtaking cityscapes, with the Twin Towers prominent in the skyline. Readers then encounter photographs grouped in four sections: "History in the Making," "Fall," "Winter," and "Spring." A feeling of stunned reverence pervades these images, which collectively constitute an exhaustive archive of the aftermath of the attacks. Among the broad panoramas, Meyerowitz portrays dedicated workers, who offer a feeling of hope, at least in the sense that the worst crimes, even atrocities, often bring out the best in many people. Following the cycle of seasons, the book concludes with a plan for the site and indexes. Meyerowitz contributes a long, poignant essay that opens the book and then threads its way through the layout of the photographs. Beautifully designed and printed, this epic collection serves as a monumental tribute to those who died on 9/11 and those who have thereafter worked to honor their memory. Highly recommended for all libraries.ARaymond Bial, First Light Photography, Urbana, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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