Inside the pile, looking west, NYC 2001 - Wombat - The Photography and Art Box
Inside the pile, looking west, NYC 2001 - Wombat - The Photography and Art Box

Joel Meyerowitz

Inside the pile, looking west, NYC 2001

Photographic print of Joel Meyerowitz, size 18x24cm, 750 numbered copies.

Joel Meyerowitz was the only photographer to be given unimpeded access to Ground Zero in the wake of 9/11. The images he captured have formed the foundation of a major national archive, and an exhibition of selected images has travelled to more than two hundred cities in sixty countries.

« I was making photographs for everyone who didn’t have access to the site. 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. 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.

The nine months I worked at Ground Zero were among the most rewarding of my life. I came in as an outsider, a witness bent on keeping the record, but over time I began to feel a part of the very project I’d been intent on recording. The intense camaraderie I experienced at Ground Zero inspired me, changing both my sense of myself and my sense of responsibility to the world around me. September 11th was a tragedy of almost unfathomable proportions. But living for nine months in the midst of those individuals who faced that tragedy head-on, day after day, and did what they could to set things right, was an immense privilege. ». Full interview on

Print made by laboratory Processus

Print sold inside Wombat N°27 included.