Remembering the Only Photojournalist Lost on 9/11
After a taxi driver tipped him off to the unfolding disaster at the World Trade Center, photojournalist William Biggart grabbed three cameras--two film, one digital--and raced downtown.
Before his death on 9/11, emerging artist Michael Richards was on the path to becoming a prominent figure in contemporary art with his work known for its provocative and critical elements.
On the morning of Sept. 11, he was working in his World Views studio, sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, on the92nd floor of the North Tower.
Marking the 15th anniversary of 9/11, the largest exhibition of Richards’ work to date is featured in LMCC’s “Michael Richards: Winged,” at the Arts Center at Governor’s Island.
In his work, Richards explores historical and ongoing oppression of black people through drawings and sculptures. Central themes of his work include aviation, flight, and escape—alluding to repression and reprieve from social injustices and the potential for uplift and downfall.
The imagery of airplanes, pilots and wings in Richards' work take on a new meaning after 9/11. Before his death, Richards described the notion of flight in his work. He said, "The idea of flight relates to my use of pilots and planes, but it also references...the idea of being lifted up, enraptured, or taken up to a safe place—to a better world."
The show is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.
By Hannah Foley, 9/11 Memorial Communications Intern