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One Photographer's View of New York, Before and After 9/11

Camilo José Vergara’s photos show how the World Trade Center, past and present, has served as the anchor for the NYC skyline.
Camilo José Vergara, "Staten Island Ferry, 1989."
Camilo José Vergara, "Staten Island Ferry, 1989."National Building Museum

For more than 40 years, Camilo José Vergara has been shooting Lower Manhattan. As a young photographer who came to New York in 1970, the construction of the World Trade Center proved irresistible to the artist.

“On the one hand, the city was falling part,” Vergara says. “It was the pits in ‘75. But the Trade Center was the other side of it.”