Views of the World Trade Center: Photographs by Camilo José Vergara
In commemoration of the anniversary of September 11, 2001, Views of the World Trade Center: Photographs by Camilo José Vergara documents the ever-evolving landscape of lower Manhattan and the powerful role the World Trade Center has played in New York City’s identity.
In this special media installation of 46 photographs projected on our first-floor entrance screen, the World Trade Center is examined from the south, east, and west, chronicling its changes over half a century―from the early days of the Twin Towers’ construction in the 1970s, to their dominance of the skyline in the 1980s and 1990s, to the emptiness of the city’s horizon in the aftermath of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, to the slow rebuilding process that followed.
Photographing the same site over a period of time, Vergara has captured the transformation of this hallowed space, giving visitors the opportunity to reflect on their own memories of the World Trade Center and the resilience of New Yorkers in times of crisis.
Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.