Published on the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Lucas Foglia’s portraits recall what it was like to live in New York the following summer.
Publisher: STANLEY/BARKER 2021
This is how I remember New York City in 2002. I was 19 years old and had just moved to Manhattan from my family’s farm on Long Island. It was the first summer after the September 11 attacks. Workers were removing the last of the debris from the collapsed Twin Towers. The city felt both immense and fragile compared to the groundedness of my childhood home.
On weekdays, I worked in Arnold Newman’s photography studio. After hours and on weekends, I walked through the city’s five boroughs with my camera. When someone made eye contact with me, I asked if I could make a portrait of them. At first, I assumed people would respond with caution. I was a stranger. The city was recovering from an event that shook its sense of security. Yet, most people said yes and looked straight into my camera lens. I am grateful they chose to trust me.
By The Way
Lou Reed – NYC Man from the compilation album NYC Man (The Ultimate Collection 1967–2003) (RCA/BMG Heritage, 2003).
Book Specs: Summer After by Lucas Foglia published by Stanley Barker 2021 | ISBN 978-1-913288-26-6 | Pages: 144 (tritone) | Cover: Hard back / Celulose Jacket / Index Cuts | Size: 250x250mm. Available here.
Lucas Foglia is a photographer, living in San Francisco. His third book and traveling exhibition, Human Nature, focuses on people who care for nature in the context of climate change.
Foglia exhibits his work internationally in galleries, festivals, and museums. His photographs have been published and reviewed in National Geographic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and many others.
Books: Stanley/Barker, Summer After Fall 2021 | Nazraeli Press, Human Nature Fall 2017 | Nazraeli Press, Frontcountry Spring 2014 | Nazraeli Press, A Natural Order Spring 2012.
Video: Lucas Foglia – Fine-Art Photographer by School of Visual Arts (Youtube)