Residual Images: A Collection of Storm-Battered Photographs by Michael Redpath
Curator: Niko Koppel
Photography: Michael Redpath
Creative production and PR: Noah Rabinowitz
The week before the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, I curated Residual Images, an outdoor multimedia installation of a 9/11 first responder’s records of the destruction in Lower Manhattan, that were transformed a decade later by the murky water of Hurricane Sandy.
On the afternoon of September 11th 2001, Michael Redpath, a FDNY firefighter with Ladder 169 in Brighton Beach, was dispatched to the World Trade Center. Starting just hours after the collapse of the towers and continuing for several months, Redpath took hundreds of photographs of the destruction and tremendous recovery effort at Ground Zero. For more than a decade, Redpath’s archive of stunning images was stored in his basement in the Rockaways until Hurricane Sandy irreversibly altered his negatives, binding the two tragic events.