Documenting History Under Construction

Documenting History Under Construction

Documenting History Under Construction Rising young talent captured the rise of the World Trade Center buildings in images this past year thanks to the Wilhelm & Karl Maybach Foundation’s World Trade Center Documentary Arts Project. To celebrate the successful work of two project protégés, Silverstein Properties—owners of the WTC site and Foundation partners for this project—hosted a July 23rd exhibition, On Site – Documenting the Rebuilding of the World Trade Center. The event highlighted the work of talented young photographers Vicky Roy and Nicole Tung, as well as their mentor, Joe Woolhead.

“The photographs of the exhibition brought out the aspects of the reconstruction commonly overlooked, like [the way] the historic structure is rising again much like a phoenix. All the pictures have stories to tell,” said Immanuel Avraham, a producer and filmmaker who was so inspired by Mr. Roy’s story that he is documenting it in a film.

Both protégés are well on their way to success. Since returning to India Mr. Roy has held exhibitions in New Delhi and Mumbai featuring his photography of the WTC site. He credits his experience with the Foundation for helping him build confidence so that he can be ready to take on new challenges.

Ms. Tung has done assignments for the New York Times and is currently planning her next project, to develop a program for Native American children living on reservations teaching them to document their lives through photography. Of her experience participating in the World Trade Center Documentary Arts Project, Ms. Tung said, “This was a rare opportunity—one that will stay with me for many, many years.”

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03:38:48 04.09.2010