Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Artfully Damaged Photos by Hurricane Sand

Hurricane Sandy left a devastating effect not just on the properties but also to people's life as they lost their life long memories. Photographer Randy Taylor who was once considered for Pulitzer Prize in with his photograph of a shootout at the Iraqi Embassy in 1977 lost 40 years worth of photographs that included Princess Diana, KKK rituals, World Trade Center attack and various other ones he had taken throughout his career.

Taylor kept his archive in a storage facility and wasn't allowed access to it until a few weeks after the storm. He had initially received word that some damage might have occurred, but when he finally gained access—by donning a hazardous materials suit and mask—he found a much more severe scene. “I descended into the smelly, wet, and dark bowels of the powerless building, which had flooded floor-to-ceiling with contaminated water,” Taylor told Slate. “What I found was a jumbled, gooey mess of papers and things 3 to 8 feet high. It took the first day to carve out a vertical space just 2 feet into the unit, so I could merely walk in the door.”

Now take a look into some of his most famous photographs.

A county coroner rolls a body to the morgue.

The crucifixion of Christ is depicted for a live audience in 1995 at a recreation in Utah of the Hill Cumorah Pageant, which is put on annually in New York by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Actor Paul Newman laughs with fellow race car drivers just before taking to the track.

The late Princess Diana, pregnant with William, vacations at a public beach in Eleuthera, Bahamas.

Undercover police officers shoot to death an Iraqi embassy guard who had just shot a French police officer in the streets of Paris in 1977. Originally a black-and-white negative, the image was mounted. The plastic slide page stuck to the center of the image, delaying its destruction by flood waters, which created this window-like effect.

A soldier stands guard on Wall Street shortly after the attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, in New York City.

Guards line up for their morning review at the Guanabara Palace, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1973.

Seemingly colorized by the peeling away of the color layers of the image, silhouetted surfers prepare to take to the waves.

Young girls frolic on the grass, awaiting the Fourth of July fireworks display at the Miami Shores Country Club.

Layers of photographic emulsion have peeled away to reveal the primary colors that make up this image of fireworks at the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom in Florida.

Left: Randy Taylor poses in the chair of the gas chamber, used for executions of capital crimes, at a photo shoot. Right: One of the most popular Mouseketeers on Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club TV show, Annette Funicello relives her childhood stardom during a guest visit to the revised show in 1989.

Left: Neo-Nazis pose in front of a burning swastika during a secret rally in Florida in the 1980s. The extreme colors result from layers of emulsion peeling away in a random pattern. Right: A member of the Ku Klux Klan attends a protest gathering on the anniversary of civil rights events.

(Photos © Randy Taylor, via Slate)

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