Waterworks: A Photographic Journey through New York's Hidden Water System

Waterworks: A Photographic Journey through New York's Hidden Water System

by Stanley Greenberg
     
 

New Yorks water system is staggering it provides 1.3 billion gallons of water a day to over 9 million people from 200 square miles of watershed. its aqueducts, reservoirs, tunnels, gatehouses, and tanks have been continually under construction since the 1830s, and its current and largest tunnel project will not be completed until 2020. But more significantly, New

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New Yorks water system is staggering it provides 1.3 billion gallons of water a day to over 9 million people from 200 square miles of watershed. its aqueducts, reservoirs, tunnels, gatehouses, and tanks have been continually under construction since the 1830s, and its current and largest tunnel project will not be completed until 2020. But more significantly, New Yorks water system is also sublime from its acres of bucolic land to its glimmering steel mechanizations, Waterworks captures the beauty and mystery of the system that is so essential to so many.
Photographer Stanley Greenberg began photographing these spectacular sites in 1992 after years of petitioning the authorities to gain access to them. Since then he has traveled to places as varied as dams in remote regions of upstate New York and tunnels 800 feet below the streets of Brooklyn. He finished his shooting in the spring of 2001, just before the events of 9/11 closed most of these sites to all access. In Waterworks, Greenberg reveals the now hidden liquid city in stunning duotones. An introduction by Matthew Gandy covers the history, technology, and culture of the system.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Greenberg (Invisible New York) takes viewers below the surface and over the countryside to see how New York's water gets to where it's going. In stark black-and-white photographs, he captures the beauty and mystery of the engineering marvels that have made up this complex system since its inception in the early 1800s. Its aqueducts, reservoirs, tunnels, gatehouses, and tanks, as well as the city's $6 billion water tunnel (to be completed by 2020), one of the largest civil engineering projects in America, are constantly being repaired, constructed, and improved. Greenberg, whose work has been displayed at the Whitney Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, spent ten years photographing these sites. He completed his work on this project in 2001, just before the events of September 11 closed most of these sites to all visitors. An introduction by Matthew Gandy provides historical and technological background. Recommended for academic libraries with specialized collections or regional libraries.-Sandy Knowles, Henderson Cty. P.L., NC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568983882
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date:
04/03/2003
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
11.12(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Stanley Greenberg lives in Brooklyn and is the author of Invisible New York.

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