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Guide to the Jonathan Hyman Photographs, 2002-2011

Abstract

Documentary photographer based in New York State.

The color images in the Jonathan Hyman Photographs collection were taken by Hyman from 2002 to 2011, and portray vernacular memorials and other forms of public remembering that express anger, sadness and patriotic emotions following the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon. Images take the form of graphic art, signs, sculpture, body art, and graffiti. Iconic elements include the U.S. flag, eagles, and the Twin Towers. Canvases for these forms of expression include clothing, buildings, vehicles, and tombstones. Most of the 33 large 20x24" inkjet prints were featured in Duke University exhibit Flesh & Metal, Bodies & Buildings: Works from Jonathan Hyman's Archive of 9/11 Vernacular Memorials, curated by Pedro Lasch. The exhibit was on display in the Rubenstein Photography Gallery from 9 May-16 October 2011. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Hyman, Jonathan.
Title
Jonathan Hyman photographs 2002-2011
Language of Material
English
Extent
6.0 Linear Feet, 33 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The color images in the Jonathan Hyman Photographs collection were taken by Hyman from 2002 to 2011, and portray vernacular memorials and other forms of public remembering that express anger, sadness and patriotic emotions following the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon. Images take the form of graphic art, signs, sculpture, body art, and graffiti. Iconic elements include the U.S. flag, eagles, and the Twin Towers. Canvases for these forms of expression include clothing, buildings, vehicles, and tombstones. Most of the 33 large 20x24" inkjet prints were featured in Duke University exhibit "Flesh & Metal, Bodies & Buildings: Works from Jonathan Hyman's Archive of 9/11 Vernacular Memorials," curated by Pedro Lasch. The exhibit was on display in the Rubenstein Photography Gallery from 9 May-16 October 2011. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Thirty-two 20x24" color inkjet exhibit prints and one 9x13" color print. The photographs were printed by the photographer on an Epson 9600 with Ultrachome inks on Ilford Galerie Smooth Pearl paper. Captions supplied by photographer.

T.C’s Back, Manhattan, New York, 2003
Box 1 Image 1
9/11 Memorial Masks on Bicycle, Manhattan, New York, 2003
Box 1 Image 2
Bronx Parking Lot, Bronx, New York, 2003
Box 1 Image 3
Rest in Peace, Staten Island, New York, 2004
Box 1 Image 4
Tombstone with Towers: Cindy Ann Deuel, Paterson, New Jersey, 2004
Box 1 Image 5
Honor the Day, Manhattan, New York, 2003
Box 1 Image 6
Carnegie Hall Motorcycle, Manhattan, New York, 2002
Box 1 Image 7
Man Wearing Towers, Brooklyn, New York, 2005
Box 1 Image 8
Fighting Since 1492, Middletown, New York, 2006
Box 1 Image 9
Garbage Truck Tribute, Manhattan, New York, 2005
Box 1 Image 10
Brother Dave, Nashua, New Hampshire, 2006
Box 1 Image 11
9/11: Seeing Red, Queens, New York, 2003
Box 1 Image 12
7th Avenue Sheetrock Memorial, Manhattan, New York, 2002
Box 1 Image 13
Towers Go to Heaven, Bronx, New York, 2002
Box 1 Image 14
P.O.W./M.I.A. Tattoo, Randall's Island, New York City, New York, 2006
Box 1 Image 15
This Means War, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2003
Box 1 Image 16
Ground Zero Memorial Bus, Manhattan, New York, 2006
Box 2 Image 17
Eagles, Brooklyn, New York, 2005
Box 2 Image 18
Bleeding Statue of Liberty, Manhattan, New York, 2002
Box 2 Image 19
Billy's Towers, Pinhurst, Massachusetts, 2006
Box 2 Image 20
Angry Hulk in the Pit, Queens, New York, 2003
Box 2 Image 21
Flag House, Kent, Connecticut, 2003
Box 2 Image 22
South Jersey Blimpie Base, Southern New Jersey, 2003
Box 2 Image 23
Firefighter Chan Rivera with Towers Tie, Grahamsville, New York, 2006
Box 2 Image 24
Jesus Holding the Towers, Brooklyn, New York, 2005
Box 2 Image 25
Flag, Eagle, Towers: Levittown Mural, Levittown, New York 2002
Box 2 Image 26
Special Agent Street Naming, Manhattan, New York, 2011
Box 2 Image 27
Borden Avenue Memorial, Queens, New York, 2006
Box 2 Image 28
Breezy Point Crosses, Queens, New York, 2005
Box 2 Image 29
Brocha's Memorial Tattoo, Manhattan, New York, 2006
Box 2 Image 30
COrned Beef Dinner, Forestburgh, New York, 2003
Box 2 Image 31
Woman With Arched Back, Bronx, New York, 2002
Box 2 Image 32
Flag Trees, Connecticut, 2003
(13"x19")
Box 2 Image 33

Historical Note

Photographer and Bethel, New York resident Jonathan Hyman graduated from Rutgers University where he was a Henry Rutgers Scholar. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Hunter College and is best known for his ongoing documentary work surrounding the September 11th attacks. From the very day of the 9/11 attacks, Hyman has been photographing the vernacular artwork created by Americans on the side of the road and in public places in response to the attacks, as well as recording hundreds of oral histories. Hyman is also Associate Director for Conflict and Visual Culture initiatives at the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.

To mark the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks, Hyman’s work was featured in two museum exhibitions. The first, at Ground Zero in New York City, titled, "9/11 and the American Landscape: Photographs by Jonathan Hyman," was the first public programming organized by the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. The second exhibit, "9/11: A Nation Remembers," featuring 100 photographs, was at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. On the tenth anniversary of the attacks Hyman’s photographs will be exhibited in Duke University’s Special Collections Library and published by the University of Texas Press as A Photographer’s Journey: The Landscape of 9/11.

Hyman’s photographs have been featured in Time magazine, as well as many national and international publications. Beyond his well-known work on September 11 memorials, his areas of interest and expertise as a photographer fall under the rubric of "Things Found on The Side of The Road," and they include: public memory, memorialization and speech, social class issues and visual public discourse, roadside commerce, urban street art, rural vernacular roadside art, and environmental concerns.

[Biography taken from Duke Libraries digital collections website, June 2012.]

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Jonathan Hyman Photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Jonathan Hyman Photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Matthew Warren, Feb. 2012

Encoded by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico and Matthew Warren, Feb. 2012

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2011-0088, -0089, -0167, -0168

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.