“World Trade Center buildings are present in thousands of classic New York skyline logos owned by local businesses in the city. They tend to belong to small businesses that are likely to disappear over the years to come. So are their logos and the Twin Towers.
“After 9/11, I started to photograph and archive these logos in order to preserve the many different graphic expressions of these important historical buildings.”
— Ji Lee
Brings back a lot of memories from a 2001 visit to Manhattan. I arrived in June after winning a student travel bursary and arranging an internship. A few days were spent in Manhattan before catching a Greyhound to Pittsburgh, where I lived for a few months and interned with the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (also working part-time in the Sewickley Country Inn).
My return flight to the UK was via New York, where I spent a few more days between September 13th and 17th, 2001. In a way, the people on the street seemed closer together, but witnessing the hundreds of thousands of ‘missing person’ flyers pinned throughout Manhattan was heart-wrenching.
The WTC Logo Preservation Project. Worth building upon.