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Aftermath: World Trade Center Archive
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Author:Joel Meyerowitz
Publisher:Phaidon Press

Aftermath is unique archive of photographs taken after the attacks on the World Trade Centre on 11 September 2001. Unique because the photographer, Joel Meyerowitz, was the only person allowed to artistically record the area that had been fenced off and classified as a crime scene.
Joel's persistence gained him access to record the changes to the area over a nine month period, starting on 23 September 2001.
Five years on, the publication of this book brings Joel's set of pictures together that visually documents the transformation from total devastation to some form of order.
The book is physically huge and unmanageable without a table support. It's full colour throughout with some gatefold pages and extended captions. This will become a coffee table book for those who enjoy a maybe more morbid fascination to life. The pictures within show what we saw in a glimpse on TV, allowing us to peruse the unbelievable damage created in such a short space of time.
Not only do we see incredible picture after picture of crumpled metal, dust and rubble, there's also some fabulous character portraits of those on-the-scene clean-up teams. And with the photos come stories of the trials and tribulations of Joel's access to the shots.
The book begins with four double page, almost poster size, images taken of the New York skyline between 1983 and 2001 - all obviously with the twin towers in shot. What could have been interesting would be a final shot of the skyline now. Maybe too corny!
With around 350 pages, you could start to become tired of pictures of rubble, but each one holds so much detail making them amazing to look around. There's even a overhead view and a map to indicate each building and the area affected.

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