Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, U.S. authorities designated the rubble of the World Trade Center a crime scene. All except law enforcement officials and rescue workers were denied access to the site. New York artist Joel Meyerowitz became the only photographer granted the right of entry to Ground Zero. Influenced by Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange and their work for the Farm Security Administration during the Great Depression, Meyerowitz began documenting within a few days of the attacks. His historical archive of the aftermath, photographed day and night during a nine-month period, grew to include more than 8,000 images of what became known as "The Pile." It was later published in a book and viewed by millions of people around the world in touring exhibits.
The Miami Art Museum is commemorating the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with "Focus Gallery: Joel Meyerowitz -- Aftermath," an exhibit of color pictures capturing the harrowing consequences of terrorism. "I wanted to communicate what it felt like to be in there as well as what it looked like to show The Pile's incredible intricacy and visceral power," Meyerowitz says. "I could provide a window for everyone else who wanted to be there too -- to help or to grieve or simply to try to understand what had happened to our city." An exhibition preview will take place Thursday.
Thu., Aug. 18, 4 p.m.; Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m. Starts: Aug. 18. Continues through Nov. 4, 2011