2002 Infinity Award: Cornell Capa Award
In response to the World Trade Center tragedy and the unprecedented number of images that resulted from it, a unique exhibition and sale of photographs opened in a SoHo storefront at 116 Prince Street on September 28. Anyone and everyone who took pictures relating to the events of September 11th were invited to bring or email their images to the gallery where they were scanned, archivally printed, and displayed on the walls. The work of amateur photographers hung alongside images from top photojournalists and other professional photographers. All of the prints collected were offered for sale at the same fixed and nominal price ($25), regardless of their provenance. Photographers names were revealed upon purchase. Net proceeds from this sale went to the Children’s Aid Society WTC Relief Fund.
The organizers of the project, which attracted huge crowds until its closing in SoHo, were Michael Shulan, writer and an owner of the building housing the vacant storefront; Gilles Peress, noted photojournalist and photographer for The New Yorker; Alice Rose George, curator and editor; and Charles Traub, photographer and Chairman of the MFA Photography Department of the School of Visual Arts. As part of ICP’s “Aftermath: Photography in the Wake of September 11” program, here is new york has relocated to a storefront at 1105 Avenue of the Americas between 42nd and 43rd Streets.