Onlookers Observe Construction of World Trade Center, New York, NY, 1969. WHi 31961
Construction of the World Trade Center, 1969
The Photographs of Richard Quinney
These color images of the World Trade Center under construction in 1969 bring a new perspective to our impressions of that structure. Native Wisconsinite Richard Quinney was on the faculty at NYU at the time; he spent the spring roaming the city, capturing the images that caught his eye. Quinney was especially fascinated with the construction of the World Trade Center, not just visually, but also in the context of the city's changing landscape and the political and social climate of the time. The 161 color slides he produced of the rising structure gained a dramatic new significance on September 11, 2001, when the Twin Towers fell victim to terrorist attack. For his comments on his experience documenting the construction and the significance these photographs possess today, see "110 Stories" in the Wisconsin Magazine of History, Autumn 2002 (Vol. 86, No. 1).
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