Memory Remains: 9/11 Artifacts at Hangar 17

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This large landscape-format book, exquisitely designed and produced, features the remarkable photography created by Spanish artist Francesc Torres, who was granted special access to visit JFK International Airport's Hangar 17 after it became the repository for all significant non-human materials salvaged from the site of the World Trade Center after the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. With his lifelong interest in questions of human memory and meaning, Torres creates photographs that turn twisted steel or...
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Overview

This large landscape-format book, exquisitely designed and produced, features the remarkable photography created by Spanish artist Francesc Torres, who was granted special access to visit JFK International Airport's Hangar 17 after it became the repository for all significant non-human materials salvaged from the site of the World Trade Center after the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. With his lifelong interest in questions of human memory and meaning, Torres creates photographs that turn twisted steel or smashed ambulances into objects of contemplation and wonder. Accompanying his chilling photography are several pieces of writing that address the question of what place the memory of 9/11 will take in the history of the United States and the world. Newsweek senior editor Jerry Adler writes the primary text of the book, explaining how the remains of Ground Zero came to be carried to Hangar 17 and what happened to them there. Torres himself, at home in lower Manhattan on the morning of September 11, 2001, writes a memory piece on that day and his feelings in the presence of the twisted remains months later. Yale historian David Blight offers a piece on how 9/11 will reshape American history. The book also includes a statement by the curator of the forthcoming 9/11 Museum at the World Trade Center, where some of these pieces will be displayed.
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“One of the most intriguing books to mark the 10th anniversary of September 11.”
 –Baltimore Sun
 
Images of much of the debris salvaged from ground zero make up this haunting collection.”
 –San Francisco Chronicle
 
“A photo book of the architectural items and personal effects recovered from the World Trade Center site after the attacks.”  --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
 
“Spanish photographer Torres brings to life remnants of Ground Zero – burned fire trucks, shredded clothing, crumpled police cars, mangled file cabinets – preserved inside a hangar at John F. Kennedy airport.” –The Washington Post
 
“By special arrangement, Spanish artist Torres photographed the contents of Hangar 17 at JFK International Airport. That was the repository for the "significant non-human materials salvaged from the site of the World Trade Center." –Sacramento Bee
 
“The book is the official companion to the photographic exhibitions in New York at the International Center of Photography; in London at the Imperial War Museum; in Madrid at the Palacio de Cibeles; and in Barcelona, Spain, at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània.”
–New York Times
 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426208331
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 8/16/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,169,855
  • Product dimensions: 12.15 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Photographer Francesc Torres combines performance, photography, and video, creating works that question social order and the interactions between political and economic power. He is especially interested in the influence of memory on the present, which is his interest in the remains of 9/11. Torres' media projects have been included in solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum in New York; the Capp Street Project in San Francisco; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens in Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego; and in museums around the world, including Madrid, Mexico City, St. Petersburg, and Prague.
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