The Legacy Portfolio

By Joel Meyerowitz


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Five  archival pigment  prints presented in a clothbound Folio

Central Park, Magnolia blossoms near Literacy walk, spring
Paper size: 16 x 20 inches
Image size: 14 9/16 x 16 inches

Pelham Bay Park, Orchard Beach outcrop of trees behind beach, summer
Paper size: 16 x 20 inches
Image size: 14 9/16 x 16 inches 

High Rock Park, spring
Paper size: 20 x 16 inches
Image size: 16 x 14 9/16 inches 

Udalls Park Preserve, Udalls Cove, Little Neck Bay, spring
Paper size: 16 x 20 inches 
Image size: 14 9/16 x 16 inches  

Sunset Park, stand of trees on the western side of the park, summer
Paper size: 16 x 20 inches
Image size: 14 9/16 x 16 inches  


"Joel's work reminds us that we have a shared responsibility to protect these precious spaces." Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg

"What I did discover was that in every park I entered, I was being drawn to the unmanaged areas: those dark invitations to get lost in the woods and margins of the parks, where pathways petered out and nature took over." Joel Meyerowitz

This very special portfolio of five limited-edition photographs by internationally renowned artist Joel Meyerowitz invites the viewer to discover the hidden pockets of wilderness that still exist within the urban environs of New York City, and includes one image from each borough of the city. Commissioned by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to document, interpret, and celebrate one of New York City's greatest legacies: the nearly 9,000 acres of parks in the five boroughs that have been left or returned to their most natural state, Meyerowitz also published this work in the beautiful monograph Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks. The edition is limited to thirty copies containing five signed and numbered photographs and a specially handmade paper crafted colophon, made from plant materials collected from the various parks within the five boroughs. 

Joel Meyerowitz (born in the Bronx, New York, 1938) is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in over 350 international exhibitions. He is a two-time Guggenheim fellow, a recipient of both NEA and NEH awards, as well as a recipient of the Deutscher Fotobuchpreis. He has published over fifteen books, including Cape Light (1978) andAftermath: The World Trade Center Archive (2006). He lives in New York and is represented by Edwynn Houk Gallery. 


Print Paper Size: 16 x 20 inches
Print Image Size: 14 9/16 x 16 inches
Edition of 30 and 5 Artist’s proofs
Signed and numbed by the artist
Five archival pigment prints presented in a clothbound Folio

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By Joel Meyerowitz