Photo Urbanism 2:
The Bridge Project

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Jonathan Smith, photographer


The Bridge Project
March 23, 2005
International Center for Tolerance Education

Major Funders
Paul & Ursula Warchol
Paul Warchol Photography


The Design Trust awarded the second Photo Urbanism fellowship to Jonathan Smith for The Bridge Project. Mr. Smith undertook an in-depth photographic study of New York City's bridges, with the aim of capturing both the structures, large and small, and the spaces they command. An exhibit of photographs from the project was held in March 2005.

Through his work with Joel Meyerowitz and the World Trade Center Archive, Mr. Smith developed a fascination with the role of photography in creating a historical record. His work for Photo Urbanism forms a catalogue of New York's twelve major bridges, as well as a significant number of the city's smaller bridges, raised highways, and other elevated walkways and overpasses. In addition, he documented how the bridges connect with the land – how the parks, industries, and residential communities of New York are affected and interact with the city's transportation infrastructure, whether monumental or mundane.

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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