Museum of the City of New York Extends
Call for Submissions of Hurricane Sandy Photographsto Coincide with One-Year Anniversary of Storm
-More than 7,800 photographs already submitted show region before and after devastating storm struck in October-
(New York, NY) – The Museum of the City of New York today announced that it has received an overwhelming response to its call for submissions of iconic images of Hurricane Sandy – from the region’s preparations to acts of heroism to and resiliency and rebuilding of communities in the greater New York City metropolitan area.
More than 650 amateur and novice photographers from across the region responded – many sending multiple photos - before the original deadline in March. Given the depth of interest, the Museum is calling for additional images documenting the recovery process during a second open-call period to he held July 1 to August 1, 2013.
“The images we have received are both amazing and heartbreaking – they showcase the substantial impact that Sandy had on lives and livelihoods, and the massive effort needed to restore our city and our region,” said Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York. “We hope that by extending the scope of the exhibition the Museum can continue to capture images of the longer term activities necessary for people and communities to fully recover.”
The Museum of the City of New York’s Call for Submissions invites both novice and professionalphotographers to submit images depicting the stages of preparation, destruction and rebuilding for a juried exhibition to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the storm. Consideration will particularly be paid to before and after images of the same subject, highlighting the dramatic effect of the storm.
“The Museum’s mission is to connect the past, present and future of this great city, and nothing has changed the conversation about city’s – and region’s – future more than this storm,” Henshaw Jones said. “So is important to bring together compelling images that not only document its history but that demonstrate how we responded and rebuilt so we, as a city, can learn and grow.”
The exhibition will mark the Museum’s latest foray into collecting and recognizing the photographic works of people from all walks of life as they capture pivotal moments in the city’s history. The Museum of the City of New York recently presented City Scenes: Highlights of New York StreetPhotography, along with the exhibition London Street Photography. The South Street Seaport Museum, which was until recently operated by the Museum of the City of New York, featured Street Shots/NYC, an exhibition of street photography in the region since 2000. And, in January 2012, the Seaport Museum unveiled an Occupy Wall Street photography exhibition that began with a similar public Call for Submissions.
The new Superstorm Sandy exhibition will be curated by Sean Corcoran, the Curator of Prints andPhotographs for the Museum of the City of New York. Selections will be made by a jury comprised of photography curators and journalists.
Both professional and amateur photographers are invited to submit pictures for consideration.Deadline for entries is 11:59 PM on August 1, 2013. For more information detailing submission requirements, please visit: http://www.mcny.org/sidebars/sandy-photography-submissions.html.
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