The Landscapes of 9/11: A Photographers Journey

Paperback | August 1, 2013

EditorEdward T. Linenthal, Jonathan Hyman, Christiane Gruber

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In the emotional aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks, people from all walks of life created and encountered memorials to those who were murdered. Vernacular art appeared almost everywhere—on walls, trees, playgrounds, vehicles, houses, tombstones, and even on bodies. This outpouring of grief and other acts of remembrance impelled photographer Jonathan Hyman to document and so preserve these largely impermanent, spontaneous expressions. His collection of 20,000 photographs, along with field notes and personal interviews, constitutes a unique archive of 9/11 public memory.

In The Landscapes of 9/11, Hyman offers readers a representative sampling of his photographs and also relates his own story in a clear and detailed narrative. He is joined by a diverse group of scholars and museum professionals, including editors Edward Linenthal and Christiane Gruber, who use the Hyman collection to investigate the cultural functions of memorial practices in the United States and beyond, including Northern Ireland, the Palestinian West Bank, and Iran. The volume’s contributors explore a variety of topics, including the “documentary impulse” in American photography; the value of Hyman’s collection as cornerstone material for the shapers of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City; and the tensions between official national narratives of heroism and martyrdom, and vernacular expressions of hope, grief, patriotism, and revenge. Created for a wide readership, and richly illustrated, The Landscapes of 9/11 explores the role of visual expression in contemporary acts of memorialization.

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In the emotional aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks, people from all walks of life created and encountered memorials to those who were murdered. Vernacular art appeared almost everywhere—on walls, trees, playgrounds, vehicles, houses, tombstones, and even on bodies. This outpouring of grief and other acts of remembrance impel...

Edward T. Linenthal is Professor of History and Editor of the Journal of American History at Indiana University, Bloomington.Jonathan Hyman is a freelance photographer and Associate Director for Conflict and Visual Culture initiatives at the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at Bryn Mawr College. He has exhibited...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:238 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.53 inPublished:August 1, 2013Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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Acknowledgments1. Introduction (Edward T. Linenthal)2. A New Americana—Visual Responses to 9/11: A Public Conversation (Jonathan Hyman)3. Collecting the National Conversation (Jan Seidler Ramirez)4. From the Street to the Museum: Jonathan Hyman's Photographs (Charles Brock)5. Vernacular Memorials and Civic Decline (Robert Hariman and John Louis Lucaites)6. Bearing Witness: Memorial Murals in Belfast and Bethlehem (Philip Hopper)7. Strategic Strikes: Images of War and Disaster from Iran to America (Christiane Gruber)ContributorsAdditional Image Credits

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In the emotional aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks, people from all walks of life created and encountered memorials to those who were murdered. Vernacular art appeared almost everywhere—on walls, trees, playgrounds, vehicles, houses, tombstones, and even on bodies. This outpouring of grief and other acts of remembrance impelled photographer Jonathan Hyman to document and so preserve these largely impermanent, spontaneous expressions. His collection of 20,000 photographs, along with field notes and personal interviews, constitutes a unique archive of 9/11 public memory.In The Landscapes of 9/11, Hyman offers readers a representative sampling of his photographs and also relates his own story in a clear and detailed narrative. He is joined by a diverse group of scholars and museum professionals, including editors Edward Linenthal and Christiane Gruber, who use the Hyman collection to investigate the cultural functions of memorial practices in the United States and beyond, including Northern Ireland, the Palestinian West Bank, and Iran. The volume’s contributors explore a variety of topics, including the “documentary impulse” in American photography; the value of Hyman’s collection as cornerstone material for the shapers of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City; and the tensions between official national narratives of heroism and martyrdom, and vernacular expressions of hope, grief, patriotism, and revenge. Created for a wide readership, and richly illustrated, The Landscapes of 9/11 explores the role of visual expression in contemporary acts of memorialization."Having long been a fan of Jonathan Hyman’s photographs documenting the vernacular 9/11 memorials dotting the American landscape, I am very glad to see his work contextualized and reproduced so vividly in this collected volume. . . . This is an important book." - James E. Young, Distinguished University Professor and Director, Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst