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Anderson 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.

All 78 photos from On Wall Street are now in the permanent collection of the New York Historical Society. 3/2020

Video of the June 26, 2013 book talk at the Skyscraper Museum, NYC

$50.00 U.S. (trade discount) No e-book has been authorized.
Hardcover with jacket
128 pages with 78 duotone photographs by the author
9.0" x 11.0" upright/portrait
ISBN: 978–1–938086–00–7

Published in January 2013

Distributed by Casemate/IPM cart

No e-book has been authorized.

David Anderson Photography

About the Author and the Essayist

Book Events:
June 26, 2013 from 6:30-8pm
Skyscraper Museum, New York City
Lecture and book signing

Book Information Sheet (pdf)

Museums that have On Wall Street in their libraries:
Amon Carter Museum of Art
Fogg Museum, Harvard University
Metropolitan Museum of Art
J. Paul Getty Museum
Philadelphia Museum of Art Princeton
University Gallery of Art
Smithsonian Museum of American Art
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Center for Creative Photography
George Eastman Museum
National Gallery of Art
Yale University Gallery of Art
Rhode Island School of Design


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