THROUGH MORE THAN 400 photographs, Aftermath: The World
Trade Center Archive, by Joel Meyerowitz, tells the story of the Ground
Zero recovery efforts. When asked why he got started on this project,
Meyerowitz says he was moved into action after being told that no
photographers, including the press, were allowed to take photos
of Ground Zero.
“No photographs meant no visual record. As I walked away that
day I knew what I had to do. I was going to get in there and make an
archive of the aftermath. That was the beginning of the following nine
months of my life down at Ground Zero,” he says.
With the help of the Museum of the City of New York, Meyerowitz
gained access to the site—the only photographer granted such permission. Now, on the fifth anniversary of September 11, Aftermath, available in most Costco warehouses and costco.com, shows the moving
and powerful fruits of his labor.—Stephanie E. Ponder