Friday, September 11, 2009

A view of a landmark before the world changed

Today's The New York Times profiles a project by Seolbin Park, curator of New York's SB D Gallery, to collect images of the World Trade Center from before the September 11, 2001 attacks. The exhibition opens today and runs through October 15th. What's striking about these images is how our perception of them can't help but be colored by what we know now. Images that might have seemed whimsical or simply beautiful with the perception of someone on September 10, 2001 now have a very different cast. I can't look at images from the day of the attack and, to be honest, looking at these pre-attack images is painful enough. The sense of loss (of life, beauty, innocence) is palpable enough in these simple photos when viewed through the prism of that tragedy.

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