Poem: Canal Street to 34th Street, 2013
The photographs in this book were taken between 1982 and 2012 on the west side of Manhattan between Canal Street and West 34th Street. In 1982, my camera was 'analogue' and my photos were mostly in black and white. As time passed, I began to work with color and more recently - only in color. I was taking images occasionally, not following any strict plan: the work is a visual poem about a part of Manhattan. Though, my poem is chronological, beginning in 1982 and ending in 2012. Thirty years passed by, and the neighborhoods in this part of Manhattan changed dramatically. Once shabby industrial neighborhoods were transformed into a lovely yuppie enclave full of luxuries for those people who can afford to live there, and many problems for those who can no longer afford to do so. The Highline, now a renowned urban park, saved a part of the old elevated railway system that moved freight in the late 19th century. In the later part of the 20th century, that once grand structure fell into disuse and was allowed to decay. The Highline allows us to remember the grandeur of another time and to experience the new neighborhoods from a unique vantage point . Thirty years went by and that means that I am thirty years older. I still feel the same. I do not look the same as I did thirty years ago but inside I feel much the same as I did then. That is something that I believe is the case useful for this part of Manhattan.
This book is part of my biographical archive project : World Works / the Library.