Rail Yards Talks: Joel Sternfeld

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Rail Yards Talks: Joel Sternfeld

EnlargeStargazing on the High Line

In this public talk, entitled What the High Line Meant and Means To Me, Joel Sternfeld discuss his experience photographing the High Line when it was still overgrown with wildflowers and grasses that set root when the trains stopped running.

In 2000, Friends of the High Line asked Sternfeld to photograph the wild landscape that had grown up on the High Line during its years of disuse. Taken before the historic structure was transformed into a public park, Stenfeld’s photography brought the public in contact with this self-seeded landscape for the first time, and helped inspire the movement to save the High Line from demolition.

In this talk and slideshow, Sternfeld will take the audience on a visual tour of the High Line, discussing the significance of each image and how his understanding of the historic structure has changed since it was transformed into a public park. A short Q&A will follow the presentation.

14th Street Passage
On the High Line at 14th Street

This High Line Program is free and open to visitors of all ages. No RSVP required. Seating is available on a first-come, first served basis.

This is the first of three talks about the High Line at the Rail Yards. Photographer Rick Darke will speak on Tuesday, September 27, and Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Robert Hammond will speak on Wednesday, October 5.

Rail Yards Programs are generously supported by The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, the New York Community Trust—LuEsther T. Mertz Advised Fund, the Greenwall Foundation, and, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

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