Photo Urbanism 1:
The Edge of New York

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Diane Cook, photographer
Len Jenshel, photographer


The Edge of New York
June 2003
The Drawing Center

Major Funders
Paul & Ursula Warchol
Paul Warchol Photography


Selected Media Coverage

New York Times, April 16, 2006
The recipient of the 2002 Photo Urbanism fellowship was the collaborative team of Diane Cook and Len Jenshel, two of America's foremost landscape photographers. Cook and Jenshel photographed — in black & white and color — roughly 600 miles of waterfront that make up the edge of New York City. It was the photographers' intention to document and interpret the waterfront areas of public access, particularly the confluence and counterpoint of recreation and commerce, development and conservation, nature and architecture.
The project concluded with a public presentation at the Drawing Center in New York City. The photographers presented and discussed their project through a slide show and display of photographs. Following their presentation, Phillip Lopate, author of a book on the New York City waterfront, used the photographs as a springboard to speak about the past, present, and future of the waterfront.

About the Photo Urbanism Program  
Photography plays an integral role in the examination, discussion, and re-imagining of New York City's public spaces. Photo Urbanism supports this role by offering photography fellowships to produce a discrete body of work that explores particular qualities of New York City's natural and built environment. The first five Photo Urbanism projects, each focusing on a different aspect of New York City's public realm, will form a catalog the city's evolving character and will be published collectively at the program's conclusion. In 2002, the first fellowship went to Diane Cook and Len Jenshel for The Edge of New York, an exploration of the city's waterfront. The second fellowship was awarded to Jonathan Smith in 2004 for The Bridge Project. Travis Roozée received the third award in 2005 for Portrait of Jamaica Bay. In 2007, the fourth fellowship went to Gail Albert Halaban for her project, Out My Window. Kramer O'Neill was awarded the fifth fellowship in 2009 for Same Time Every Day.

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