Paul Margolis Photography

 

September 11, 2001 and Beyond

Click on thumbnails to enlarge.

View other galleries.

Aftermath: My office was four blocks away from the site of the World Trade Center. On September 11, 2001, I was on Broadway photographing the two towers in flames and the horror-stricken crowd in the street.  In the days after the attacks, I photographed the spontaneous outpouring of emotion: posters of the missing all over town, the memorials in Union Square Park, the candlelight vigils.  I also documented the other changes that have occurred near Ground Zero and in the city as a whole, as well as the anti-war and other political activities that occurred in the wake of September 11th.

_______________________________________________________________________

View other galleries.

World Trade Center Logos Project:  For the year after 9/11, I became obsessed with photographing images of the World Trade Center. Probably it was my way of dealing with the trauma of having seen them burn and collapse from a few blocks away. In the weeks and months after 9/11, I began to realize how much the WTC had been used as part of advertising logos in NYC.  Before 9/11, I hadn’t paid much attention to their use as commercial logos, but now that they were gone, I kept seeing them and was haunted by how much they had been a part of the commercial and social landscape.  Logos with the Towers appeared on trucks, on shop awnings, on billboards and even on the Chock Full O’Nuts coffee can. I felt that eventually, with the passage of time and fading of memory, the logos would begin to disappear, so I photographed them whenever I saw them.  Just before the fifth anniversary of 9/11, the Brooklyn Arts Council requested images of the World Trade Center to be included in a memorial exhibition entitled “Here Was New York.” Some 30 of my World Trade Center logo images were included in that show, which was held at a dozen venues in Brooklyn.

Copyright © 2004 - 2014 Paul Margolis. All Rights Reserved.
No part of this website may be used in part or in whole without the express permission of Paul Margolis.
Site design by Harris Media. Copyright © 2004. All Rights Reserved. Updated by Rachel Chaikof 2014.