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September 7, 2011

Reconstructing 9/11 with Nina Berman: Windows on the World

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In recognition of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, this is the first in a series of post presenting diptychs by photographer and BagNews contributor, Nina Berman, created in 2001. This first set of photos were captured not just on the same day but on the same street in dust-shrouded Lower Manhattan a couple days after 9/11.

To us, what’s impressively prescient is how much the juxtaposition captures the equally blunt, hysterical and binary thinking of the Bush Administration’s Neocon agenda, boiled down to: you’re either with us or you’re against us. As long as Bush was in office, despite an occasional gesture to the contrary, there was no differentiation, no daylight, between these “mirror images.”

PHOTOGRAPHS by Nina Berman

About the Photographer

Nina Berman

Nina Berman is a documentary photographer with a primary interest in the American political and social landscape. She is the author of two monographs, "Purple Hearts – Back from Iraq" and "Homeland," both examining war and militarism. Her work has been recognized with awards in art and journalism from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the World Press Photo Foundation, the Open Society Institute Documentary Fund and Hasselblad, among others. She has participated in more than 90 solo and group exhibitions, including the Whitney Museum 2010 Biennial, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Portland Art Museum, and Dublin Contemporary. Her work has been featured on CBS, CNN, PBS, ABC, BBC and reviewed in the New York Times, Aperture, Art in America, TIME, and the New Yorker. She is a member of NOOR photo collective and is an Associate Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in New York City. See more of Nina's work for Reading The Pictures here.

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