||On Wall Street:
Architectural Photographs of Lower Manhattan, 1980–2000
by David Anderson
Introduction by Paul Goldberger
"I am not sure there is any other pair of monosyllabic words in the English language that evokes as powerful a sense of place as Wall Street, except, of course, New York itself." So writes famed architectural critic Paul Goldberger in his introduction to one of the most important photographic books on New York City to appear since 9/11: David Anderson's On Wall Street.
During the 1970s, a lot of glass-and-steel, boxlike buildings were going up in New York City. David Anderson realized that the architecturally elaborate and stylistic buildings of the late nineteenth century through the 1930s that defined Wall Street would never be made again. He thus embarked on a remarkable twenty-year project (from 1980 to 2000) to document Wall Street's classic architecture before further changes were made in the area, including the demolition and destructive renovation of too many historic structures.
Anderson's approach to photographing Wall Street is unique. He avoids people, vehicular traffic, and storefronts, and rarely does he present a view of an entire building. Instead, he focuses on the details or a certain profile in order to reveal a building's architectural form and energy and its larger sense of place within the city's urban fabric.
Anderson's photographs of Wall Street will forever be part of the visual record of a by-gone era that emphasized artistic craftsmanship rarely achieved in modern buildings. Like the historic skyscrapers and civic buildings that Anderson depicts, his photographs are equally solid, self-assured, and beautiful. Collectively, they capture the architectural genius, elevated spirit, and harmonious scale of this special place in the financial capital of the world.
Click here to read the Wall Street Journal review and more praise for the book.
Nominated for a 2013 Independent Publisher Book Award, and the 2013 New York City Book Award.
Video of the June 26, 2013 book talk at the Skyscraper Museum, NYC
$50.00 U.S. (trade discount)
Hardcover with jacket
128 pages with 78 duotone photographs by the author
9.0" x 11.0" upright/portrait
Published in January 2013
Distributed by Casemate IPM
David Anderson Photography
About the Author and the Essayist
June 26, 2013 from 6:30-8pm
Skyscraper Museum, New York City
Lecture and book signing
To be announced