“On the afternoon of September 11th 2001, Michael Redpath, a FDNY firefighter with Ladder 169 in Brighton Beach, was dispatched to the ruins of the World Trade Center. ‘The first thing that struck me was the silence,’ said Redpath. ‘Everything was covered with this ash. Everything was white. It was almost like a silent black and white movie.’ Starting just hours after the collapse of the towers and continuing for several months throughout the recovery effort at Ground Zero, Redpath made hundreds of photographs of the unimaginable destruction and tremendous effort required to return chaos to relative normalcy. For more than a decade, Redpath’s archive of stunning images was stored away in the basement of his home in the Rockaways until October 29th 2012 when Hurricane Sandy flooded, rendering his possessions trash and irreversibly altering his negatives to fossilize the two tragic events.” See full release here.
Curator Niko Koppel, photo editor of the New York Times’ Metro section, has orchestrated a slideshow of Redpath’s images. It will be playing from 7 – 9 pm, October 24 through 29, at the First Street Green garden at 33 East 1st Street in Manhattan.
Tonight, October 24, at 6pm, curator Niko Koppel will introduce the show at OSMOS on 50 East 1st Street in Manhattan. Artist Michael Redpath will speak at the closing on October 29 at 9 pm.