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Press Release: here is new york: a democracy of photographs
August 20, 2002

For Immediate Release

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Vinod Hopson
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Dancie Perugini Ware Public Relations
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here is new york: a democracy of photographs
the acclaimed New York storefront exhibition

Major Sponsors: MetroNational, Memorial City Mall, H-E-B, FotoFest and the City’s Initiative Program through the Cultural Arts Council of Houston / Harris County with additional support from JP Morgan Chase, the City of Houston-Miller Outdoor Theatre, John and Carola Herrin, and The Greentree Fund.

September 14 – October 13, 2002
Mon-Sat 10am - 9pm, Sun 12pm- 6pm
Memorial City Mall
1-10 and Gessner
Houston, Texas


HOUSTON, TX (August 20, 2002) – On the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington, Houston will host the renowned exhibition, here is new york, a democracy of photographs. The exhibition in Houston is the first full presentation of this work in Texas and the Southwest.

The Houston exhibition of here is new york is sponsored by MetroNational, Memorial City Mall, H-E-B, FotoFest and the City’s Initiative Program through the Cultural Arts Council of Houston / Harris County with additional support from JP Morgan Chase, the City of Houston-Miller Outdoor Theatre, John and Carola Herrin, and The Greentree Fund.

here is new york is the New York storefront exhibition that began immediately after the September 11 events. The exhibit is drawing tens of thousands of visitors around the world. The timing of the first anniversary of the 9.11 events, and the strength of the imagery in this exhibit create a powerful public memorial.

The New York project is a living archive of donated work by over 2,500 people, 30% of whom are professional photographers and 70% of whom are people who happened to have a camera(s) at hand at the time of the events in New York and Washington and their aftermath. The Houston exhibition consists of 500 images presented so the experience is conveyed in hundreds of small, intimate and dramatic ways that allow us to re-experience the myriad human encounters with those momentous events.

Photography is particularly relevant to this kind of public experience. The exhibit’s pictures of 9.11 succeed in giving expression to an unexpectedly diverse range of human emotions. The density of their installation on small clips and wires, the informality of their presentation as inkjet computer prints, and the apparent anonymity of their origins succeed in transcending the specific and reach out to the enormity and irony of all such tragedies, anywhere.

Times and Dates: FotoFest and the major sponsors will premiere the exhibit in Houston at the city’s official evening commemoration at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park September 11 – 12, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. On Saturday, September 14, the exhibit will open at Memorial City Mall for four weeks, September 14 – October 13. The exhibition will be open seven days a week: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibit is free to the public at both locations.

In the past month, the New York project has been confronted by overwhelming public requests for exhibition of the work. The 21 other cities exhibiting this project this September include, Tokyo, London, Berlin, Paris, Los Angeles, San Diego, Tampa, Louisville, Sao Paulo, Stockholm, Zurich, Dresden, and cities in Australia.

In other cities where this exhibition has shown it has drawn tens of thousands of people. In New York, over 600,000 people are reported to have visited it in the past 10 months. At the Chicago Cultural Center record-breaking crowds of over 110,000 during its six week run were reported. In Tampa, where the City and an International Retail Plaza are joining efforts, 250,000 people are expected to visit the exhibit this fall. Within three weeks of its opening in Berlin this past July, 40,000 visitors attended the exhibit.

An 864-page, color hardcover book will be available with the exhibition in September. The prints themselves are for sale to the public, for private use, for $25 each by the New York project. Proceeds are donated to the Children’s Aid Society World Trade Center Relief Fund – here is new york reports that $650,000 has been donated to date.

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