On East 9th Street at Avenue A, graffiti slowly encroaches onto another reminder of the original World Trade Center. The mural has been there for years.
Text and photo: Jefferson Siegel
Modern Ruins, Decay and Urban Exploration
Exploring abandoned, ruined and derelict locations in urban, rural and industrial places. http://wreckyratbird.com
Curated by Laura Brown
In 1910, when New York City transportation terminal Pennsylvania Station opened, it was widely praised for its majestic architecture. Designed in the Beaux-Arts style, it featured pink granite construction and a stately colonnade on the exterior.
The main waiting room, inspired by the Roman Baths of Caracalla, was the largest indoor space in the city — a block and a half long with vaulted glass windows soaring 150 feet over a sun-drenched chamber. Beyond that, trains emerged from bedrock to deposit passengers on a concourse lit by an arching glass and steel greenhouse roof.
This may sound unfamiliar for present-day residents of New York City, who know Penn Station as a miserable subterranean labyrinth.
I was in Penn Station once. Wish I had been able to see more of it.
Eugène Atget (1857-1927) took up photography because he felt he had failed as an artist. Beginning in 1898, he made it his mission to record the old streets of Paris.
Atget saw himself as a documentary recorder, and actually described himself as an "author-producer.” The fact that many of his photographs were taken in quiet areas at dawn was not purely an artistic choice but a practical one: Atget's camera and photographic technique were outdated for the time, and required long exposures. As a result he worked when streets were largely empty.
He recorded the shops, streets and architectural details of a Paris that would be swept away by modernization, begun by Georges-Eugène Haussmann on the instructions of Emperor Napoleon III in 1853. The program would not draw to a close until 1927.