Story by Jack Foley
TWENTY six photographs taken by Magnum photographers, including Thomas Hoepker, Josef Koudelka and Steve McCurry, capture the appearance and character of New York, before, during and after the events of September 11 at a new exhibition at The Wapping Project, at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station in Wapping until September 10.
The exhibition, entitled NYC, features some truly memorable images of the Big Apple, as captured by those photographers who fell in love with its buildings and character before September 11 (Hoepker, for example, has taken many memorable and enduring shots of the Twin Towers over the years), as well as the devastation caused by the attack itself.
Many of the photographs are 10m by 6pm, reflecting the scope of the Manhattan skyline (McCurry's shot of the second Tower coming down, taken from the roof at Washington Square Park, main picture) is a prime example of the photographs which will be on show.
Also included as part of the exhibition is Evan Fairbanks's chilling 23-minute video, showing the plane which hit the second World Trade Center building and the ensuing chaos below, which will be screened for the first time in Europe.
The exhibition promises to serve as both a timely reminder of last year's events as the world approaches its first anniversary (no doubt, still shocked, even numbed by it), as well as a defiant glimpse at the past - reflecting the architectural glory of one of the greatest cities in the world and the bravery of its people in the wake of such attrocity.
The Wapping Project is located at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, Wapping Wall, E1 and the NYC exhibition will run until Spetember 10, 2002, from noon to 10.30pm (Tuesday to Saturday) and from noon to 6pm on Sundays.
For further information, telephone 020 7680 2080.
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ABOUT THE WAPPING PROJECT:
The Wapping Project is a new arts centre created within the former Grade
II*-listed Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, opposite the Prospect of Whitby,
east of Tower Bridge.
A £4m project undertaken by the Women's Playhouse Trust (without Lottery funding) saved the almost derelict building, preserved its industrial heritage, and created a multi-use arts space.