Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks

This compelling body of work is the result of a unique commission by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. They asked Joel Meyerowitz to document, interpret, and celebrate one of the city’s greatest legacies: nearly 29,000 acres of parks in the five boroughs.

Through this stunningly rich archive of parks, shorelines, and forests, Meyerowitz’s “Legacy” transports the viewer into the heart of the wilderness throughout New York City, much of which remains unseen and unknown to the millions of city dwellers.

Meyerowitz is the first photographer to document New York City’s parks since the 1930s, when they were photographed as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s WPA program.

Artist talk and book signing:
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 6:30 pm
Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY
Free and open to the public

Exhibition opening:
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
RSVP required to



In-Public was set up in 2000 to provide a home for Street Photographers.

Our aim is to promote Street Photography and to continue to explore its possibilities, we are a non commercial collective. All the photographers featured here have been invited to show their work because they have the ability to see the unusual in the everyday and to capture the moment. The pictures remind us that, if we let it, over-familiarity can make us blind to what’s really going on in the world around us.

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