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Guide to the Burhan Dogançay Photographs and Sketchbooks
1983-2017 (bulk, 1983-1988)
  PR 183

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Jessica Flon and Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on February 25, 2021
Finding aid is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains photographs, negatives, contact prints, slides, sketchbooks, and various books and other print matter concerning Burhan Dogançay's photography and artwork. The bulk of the collection is photographic and is from 1983-1988. Dogancay photographed iron workers restoring the Brooklyn Bridge with the New York City skyline (including the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center) as a backdrop. He also photographed the iron workers building structures for buildings in Midtown. The Lipstick Building is heavily covered in this collection showing its progress from demolition of previous buildings in its place all the way to the finished building. Other notable buildings, including the Citicorp Building (Citicorp Center, now known by its address of 601 Lexington Avenue) and the Chrysler Building, make appearances in the backgrounds of images of the iron workers hard at work. Dogancay took similar photographs in France of the demolition and foundations of buildings which are included in this collection as well, but the vast majority is of New York City.

Burhan Dogançay sketched in his "Scratchity" sketchbooks graffiti that he came across on New York City walls, subways, and subway stations. This became inspiration for future paintings that he did, some of which can be found in the various books and other materials that are included in this collection. His photographs of iron workers are also depicted in some of the print matter, including a newspaper clipping and a museum brochure.


The collection is organized in five series.

Series I. Bridge of Dreams (1986-1987, 1999-2000)

Series II. Photographs, Negatives, Contact Prints, and Slides (1983-2006, bulk 1983-1988)

Series III. "Scratchity" Sketchbooks (1996-2009)

Series IV. Books and Other Print Matter (1986-2008)

Series V. Memorabilia (1980s?)