Monday, July 18, 2011
The first destruction of Lower Manhattan
In 1967, over 60 acres of Lower Manhattan was demolished in an effort to regenerate the area and make way for, among other things, the World Trade Centre complex. American photojournalist, and recent winner of the Missouri Honor Medal, Danny Lyon went into the buildings to document their destruction from the inside with his series The Destruction of Lower Manhattan.
Danny Lyon says: "The story here is not about people. It's about buildings. And these buildings were old and it was quite upsetting for me. I like architecture. New Yorker's were destroying their own city."
Check out the rest of my article on Phaidon.com this week, there's even a gallery too.