Danny Lyon’s singular and fascinating The Destruction of Lower Manhattan was recently brought back into print in facsimile by Aperture. It’s essential for anyone interested in urban/landscape photography, photojournalism, New York City, and urban destruction/redevelopment.
Learn to understand existence as being political.
Avoid art-world strategies.
Erase all known isms.
Don’t succumb to populist aesthetics.
Remove the notion of me.
Eliminate that which qualifies as a narrative.
Learn to live by the philosophy of jazz.
Only fools want to be famous (avoid at all cost).
Remain true to myself.
— Jack Whitten