Mar 29, 2012

Aerial View of Manhattan

The Destruction of Lower Manhattan

Aerial View of Manhattan


Danny Lyon

(American, 1942-)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 25.2 x 25 cm (9 15/16 x 9 13/16 in.); Paper: 35.4 x 27.6 cm (13 15/16 x 10 7/8 in.)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2011.236



A grant from the New York State Council on the Arts to photograph the demolition of sections of Lower Manhattan provided Lyon with partial funding, a letter asking that he be given access to city-owned abandoned buildings, and a ride in a Port Authority helicopter. “They were kind enough to strap me in, remove my door, and fly me over the Brooklyn Bridge,” the artist remembers. “The pilot . . . turned the aircraft on its side, with me dangling from my harness watching things in my pocket drift down to the East River a thousand feet below.” This photograph shows the west tower of the Brooklyn Bridge and, just right of center, the demolition area at Gold and Beekman Streets.

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