In the wake of the attack on the World Trade Center, speculation about how artists will absorb or deflect the blow is much in the air. Will physical devastation, psychic upheaval, and near crippling anxiety spur or stymie the creative impulse? Will the work get more profound or more ephemeral? Rococo or abject? What lies between the ray of hope and the pall of despair? For one group of artists, the results are already in, and they're pretty impressive. Photojournalists, professionally intimate with tragedy and its aftermath, have brought extraordinary images back from the hell downtown. Thoughtful, tough, full of feeling, and startlingly beautiful, their pictures have both fixed and shaped our experience of an event that even those who lived through it can't quite comprehend. Because we tend to think of photojournalism as something that happens in "trouble spots" half a world away, it's disconcerting to find the cameras focused so intently on our city and our distress, especially when we're so little in control of the unfolding spectacle. But our appetite for the results, no matter how horrifying, is voracious, and it's being fed by some of the most intrepid and accomplished... More >>>
By photo: Jay Muhlin
In this "Democracy of Photographs," every picture counts: viewers at the "Here Is New York" installation.