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Guide to the Larry Racioppo Photograph Collection
1989-2017
 PR 208

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
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New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Marybeth Kavanagh, Jenny Gotwals, Kelly McAnnaney, Joseph Ditta

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on November 28, 2018
Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Title: Larry Racioppo photograph collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1989-2017
Abstract: The Larry Racioppo photograph collection spans the period from 1989-2017 and contains approximately 932 color and black and white photographs of New York City taken by Racioppo. The bulk of the collection are images of distressed neighborhoods taken while Racioppo worked as a photographer at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and of churches in the five boroughs, some housed in former theaters, synagogues, and storefronts.
Quantity: 13.79 Linear Feet (10 boxes, 2 oversize folders)
Call Phrase: PR 208

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Biographical Note

Larry Racioppo (1947- ) was born in Brooklyn, NY. A New York City-based photographer, his work focuses on the urban landscape. Racioppo had his first solo exhibition in 1977 at Brooklyn's f-stop gallery, and in 1980 published his first book of photographs, Halloween.

Racioppo worked as the official photographer for New York City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) from 1989 to 2011. He was hired by HPD to document the city's rebuilding of its distressed neighborhoods, from Bedford Stuyvesant to Harlem to the South Bronx.

When he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography in 1997, Racioppo took a leave from HPD to create a series of panoramic urban landscapes. He returned to HPD to coordinate an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York documenting the agency's work. While continuing to photograph for HPD, Racioppo had solo exhibitions of two in-depth personal projects: Forgotten Gateway: The Abandoned Buildings of Ellis Island at the National Building Museum, and  The Word on The Street at the Museum of Biblical Art.The New-York Historical Society commissioned Racioppo to document St.Paul's Chapel during its use as a relief center after the Sept.11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Racioppo's work is also held at the Museum of the City of New York, The Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Public Library, El Museo del Barrio, and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

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Scope and Contents

The Larry Racioppo photograph collection consists of approximately 932 photographs taken by Racioppo from 1989-2017. The collection includes both black and white and color prints.

Series I: New York City after September 11, 2001 is composed of 35 contact prints from 4 x 5 inch color negatives and 19 photographs. It contains images of the interior and exterior of St. Paul's Chapel during its use as a relief center after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including memorials on surrounding fences; portraits of the first responders and rescue workers who were employed at Ground Zero and the support staff at St. Paul's Chapel who tended to the workers and others in the area. It also includes images of the interior and exterior of the building housing Rescue Company 2, a New York City Fire Department company in Brooklyn that sustained heavy losses on September 11; and one photograph of the funeral of firefighter John Moran, who died on September 11. Most of these images were commissioned by the New-York Historical Society in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, or for related exhibitions at the Society in the following years.

Series II: New York City Churches, contains 97 color photographs documenting churches in the five boroughs, many adapted from former theaters, synagogues, and storefronts. Prints are in four sizes (in inches): 8 x 10, 11 x 14, 11 x 17, and 20 x 24.

Series III: New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development is composed of approximately 765 photographs taken while Racioppo worked as the official photographer for New York City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). He was hired by HPD in 1989 to document the city's rebuilding of its distressed neighborhoods, from Bedford Stuyvesant to Harlem to the South Bronx. The subjects of these photos include demolition, construction, and before and after images of rehabilitated apartment buildings and playgrounds. There are also portraits of tenants in their apartments, squatters, homeless people, building managers, building superintendents, construction workers, HPD staff and program participants, and city and state officials such as Mayor Edward Koch, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and Governor Mario Cuomo. This series also contains photos of dilapidated buildings (interior and exterior), unsafe living conditions, evictions, crack house interiors, drug paraphernalia, and graffiti.

Series IV: Photographs from The Word on the Street: The Photographs of Larry Racioppo, contains 16 chromogenic dye coupler prints documenting vernacular displays of religious iconography around New York City. The prints are signed, titled and dated on recto by the photographer. The images were published in the exhibition catalogue produced by the Museum of Biblical Art to accompany  The Word on the Street: The Photographs of Larry Racioppo (June 15-August 20, 2006).

Series V: Chapbooks, contains 4 self-published booklets of Racioppo's work.

Arrangement

The collection is organized by subject in five series:

Series I: New York City after September 11, 2001

Series II: New York City Churches

Series III: New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development

Series IV: Photographs from The Word on the Street: The Photographs of Larry Racioppo

Series V: Chapbooks

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Color photographs.
  • Photographic prints.
  • Portraits

Subject Organizations

  • Trinity Church (New York, N.Y.)
  • Trinity Church (New York, N.Y.). St. Paul's Chapel. -- Photographs.

Subject Topics

  • Church buildings -- New York (State) -- New York -- Photographs.
  • Disaster relief -- New York (State) -- New York -- Photographs.
  • Housing
  • Rescue work -- New York (State) -- New York -- Photographs.
  • September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 -- Photographs.

Subject Places

  • Bronx (N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.) -– Buildings, structures, etc. –- Design and construction
  • New York (N.Y.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Pictorial works.
  • New York (N.Y.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- Photographs.
  • Queens (New York, N.Y.)
  • Staten Island (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers by appointment only.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. See guidelines in Print Room for details.

Use Restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from:
Rights and Reproductions
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 270
Fax: (212) 579-8794

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Larry Racioppo photograph collection, PR 208, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Materials

Other photographs of September 11, 2001-related topics can be found in the World Trade center Photograph Collection (PR 169), the Irwin Silver Photograph Collection (PR 209) and the Harry Tarzian Photograph Collection (PR 255). Other photographs of churches and apartment buildings can be found throughout photograph collections in the library, particularly the Geographic File (PR 20).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Series I: Most of the photographs in this group were either commissioned by the New-York Historical Society or were printed for exhibition purposes. The St. Paul's Chapel and rescue workers images were done by Racioppo on commission from N-YHS (2002). The fireman's funeral image was donated by Racioppo, February 2003. The 2004 rescue images may have been a donation from Racioppo but that is uncertain.

Series II: Gift of Larry Racioppo, 2017 (accession no. PPAC-2017-82).

Series III: Gift of Larry Racioppo, 2017 (accession no. PPAC-2017-88).

Series IV: Gift of Bruce Berman and Lea Russo, 2016 (accession no. PPAC-2016-47).

Series V: Gift of Larry Racioppo, 2017 (accession no. PPAC-2017-82).

Processing Information

The original processing and finding aid for Series I and II were prepared by Jenny Gotwals and Kelly McAnnaney in 2007. In 2017, new material was added and the collection was reprocessed and the finding aid rewritten by Marybeth Kavanagh. Joseph Ditta significantly expanded Series II and added Series V in November 2018.

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Container List

Series I: New York City after September 11, 2001 , 2001-2004. 3.17 Linear Feet

Arrangement

Series I is arranged by format: contact prints and photographs. The 4x5 contact prints are arranged by numbers assigned by the photographer.

Scope and Contents

Series I consists of 35 contact prints from 4 x 5 inch color negatives and 19 photographs. It contains images of the interior and exterior of St. Paul's Chapel during its use as a relief center after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including memorials on surrounding fences; portraits of the first responders and rescue workers who were employed at Ground Zero and the support staff at St. Paul's Chapel who tended to workers and other visitors. It also includes images of the interior and exterior of the building housing Rescue Company 2, a FDNY company in Brooklyn that sustained heavy losses on September 11; and one photograph of the funeral of firefighter John Moran, who died on September 11. Most of these images were commissioned by the New-York Historical Society in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, or for related exhibitions at the Society in the following years.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Most of the photographs in this group were either commissioned by the New-York Historical Society or were printed for exhibition purposes. The St. Paul's Chapel and rescue workers images were done by Racioppo on commission from N-YHS (2002). The fireman's funeral image was donated by Racioppo, February 2003. The 2004 rescue images may have been a donation from Racioppo but that is uncertain.

Contact Prints, ca. 2001-2002

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1-2 St. Paul's Chapel, exterior
2002
Box: 1 Folder : 3-4 St. Paul's Chapel, interior
2002
Box: 1 Folder : 5-6 Rescue 2
2004
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Rescue Workers
2002

Photographs, 2001-2004

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Fireman's Funeral, Belle Harbor

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of the photographer, February 2003.

2001
Box: 2 Folder : 2 St. Paul's Chapel, interior and exterior
2002
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Rescue 2
2004

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Series II: New York City Churches, 1998-2017. 1 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

97 color photographs documenting churches in the five boroughs of New York City, many adapted from former theaters, synagogues, and storefronts. Prints are in four sizes (in inches): 8 x 10, 11 x 14, 11 x 17, and 20 x 24. A number of these images appear in Racioppo's self-published chapbook Grace: Photographs of NYC Churches, a copy of which may be found in Series V (box 10, folder 4).

Arrangement

Series II is organized alphabetically by borough (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island), and then alphabetically by church name.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Larry Racioppo, 2017 (accession no. PPAC-2017-82).

Credit line: Gift of the artist.

Processing Information

Added to collection and finding aid updated by Joseph Ditta, November 2018.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Bronx | Apostolic Church International Royal Assembly (951 East 163rd Street) [11 x 17]
2008
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Bronx | Bronx Temple Seventh Day Adventist Church [former Dollar Savings Bank] (495 Willis Avenue), exterior and interior [11 x 14]
2002
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Bronx | Christian Church John 3:16 (864 Westchester Avenue) [11 x 17]
2009
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Bronx | Christian Faith Cathedral (1415-31 Ogden Avenue) [11 x 14]
2003
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Bronx | Grace Gospel Church (589 East 164th Street) [11 x 17]
2006
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Bronx | Holy Cross Baptist Mission Church (821 Jennings Street) [11 x 17]
2006
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Bronx | Iglesia Cristiana del Valle (843 East 156th Street) [11 x 17]
2008
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Bronx | Iglesia Cristiana Filadelfia (860 East 156th Street) [11 x 17]
2008
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Bronx | Iglesia Pentecostal El Cruce del Jordan (341 East 194th Street) [11 x 17]
2008
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Bronx | Nazareth Baptist Church (490 East 165th Street) [11 x 17]
2009
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Bronx | Pare de Sufrir, Iglesia Universal (490 East 138th Street), exterior and interior [11 x 17 (2)]
2008
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Bronx | Peculiar Assembly of Saints International Church (456 East Tremont Avenue) [11 x 17]
2012
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Bronx | Upper Room Church of God in Christ (845 East 170th Street) [11 x 17]
2011
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Bronx | Yellow Cross Building(?) (612 Union Avenue) [11 x 17]
2008
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Bronx | Zion Hill Pentecostal Church (629-631 East 169th Street) [11 x 17]
2006
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Brooklyn | America Come Back to God Evangelistic Church (550 Rockaway Avenue) [11 x 17]
2009
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Brooklyn | Asemblee Pentecotiste De La Foi Apostolique (96 Fifth Avenue) [11 x 17]
2011
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Brooklyn | Bethel United Methodist Church (1325 Bedford Avenue) [11 x 17]
2006
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Brooklyn | Bethesda Baptist Church (1170 Bushwick Avenue), interior after fire [11 x 14 (3)]
1998
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Brooklyn | Bright Light Baptist Church (1676 Park Place) [11 x 17]
2006
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Brooklyn | Brooklyn [illegible] Church (62 Fifth Avenue) [11 x 17]
2011
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Brooklyn | Celestial Church of Christ (168 Liberty Avenue) [11 x 17]
2009
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Brooklyn | Church of Spiritual Healing (East New York) [11 x 17]
2010
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Brooklyn | Ebenezer Gospel Tabernacle Christian Mission U.S.A. (470 Throop Avenue), exterior plus cross detail [11 x 17 (2)]
2010
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Brooklyn | Emanuel Christian Disciples Church (2095 Fulton Street) [11 x 17]
2011
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Brooklyn | Euclid Baptist Church (315 McKinley Avenue) [11 x 17]
2009
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Brooklyn | Evening Star (267 Gates Avenue) [11 x 17]
2008
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Brooklyn | Freedom Hall Church of God, Pentecostal (629 Albany Avenue) [11 x 17]
2006
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Brooklyn | Friendly Missionary Baptist Church (775 Lexington Avenue) [11 x 17]
2008
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Brooklyn | Glorious Church of God in Christ (363 Halsey Street) [11 x 17]
2007
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Brooklyn | Glorious Temple Deliverance Center, C.O.G.I.C. [Church of God in Christ] (625 Sutter Avenue), banner [11 x 17]
2006
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Brooklyn | Grace (1895 Atlantic Avenue, corner Ralph Avenue), plus detail [8 x 10 & 11 x 17]
1999
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Brooklyn | Grace Temple Church of God in Christ (651 Decatur Street) [11 x 14]
2003
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Brooklyn | Greater New Harvest Church of Christ (1078 Park Place at Kingston Avenue) [11 x 17]
2008
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Brooklyn | Heyward's Temple (186 Stuyvesant Avenue) [11 x 17]
2008
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Brooklyn | Holiness in the Way Deliverance Tabernacle (2581 Pitkin Avenue) [11 x 17]
2006
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Brooklyn | Holy Nazarene Holiness Church (78 Rockaway Avenue) [11 x 17]
2008
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Brooklyn | Holy Sacred Baptist Church (26 Malcolm X Boulevard) [8 x 10]
2003
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Brooklyn | House of Faith Church of Holiness, C.O.G.I.C. [Church of God in Christ] (401 Saratoga Avenue) [11 x 14]
2002
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Brooklyn | Iglesia Cristo Misionera [Missionary Church of Christ] (189 Mother Gaston Boulevard) [11 x 17]
2009
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Brooklyn | Iglesia Metodista Unida de Knickerbocker [Knickerbocker United Methodist Church] (484 Knickerbocker Avenue) [11 x 14]
2003
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Brooklyn | Iglesia Pentecostal Camino a Jerusalen [sic] (Bushwick Avenue) [11 x 17]
2009
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Brooklyn | Iglesia Universal del Reino de Dios (47 Fourth Avenue) [11 x 14]
2002
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Brooklyn | Jesucristo es el Senor Iglesia Universal (678 Broadway) [11 x 17]
2009
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Brooklyn | Lexington Avenue Church of God (700 Lexington Avenue) [11 x 17]
2009
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Brooklyn | Love Church of Christ Written in Heaven (464 New Jersey Avenue, East New York) [11 x 17]
2009
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Brooklyn | Morning Dew Industrious Baptist Church (265 Nostrand Avenue) [11 x 14]
2002
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Brooklyn | Nazarene Baptist Church (896 DeKalb Avenue) [11 x 17]
2007
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Brooklyn | Olutunu Cherubim & Seraphim Church, Pentecostal (900 Rockaway Avenue) [11 x 17]
2006
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Brooklyn | Paradise (417 Marcus Garvey Boulevard) [8 x 10]
2001
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Brooklyn | Park Slope Christian Tabernacle [Tabernaculo Cristiano de Park Slope] (98 Fifth Avenue) [11 x 17]
2011
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Brooklyn | Pilgrim's Union Church of God (799 Blake Avenue) [11 x 14]
2002
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Brooklyn | Pleasant Grove Tabernacle (1927 Fulton Street) [11 x 17]
2008
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Brooklyn | River of God Christian Center (110 Wolcott Street) [8 x 10 and 11 x 17]
2007, 2008
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Brooklyn | St. Augustine (236 Wyona Street) [8 x 10]
1999
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Brooklyn | St. Augustine Episcopal Church (4301 Avenue D) [11 x 17]
2007
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Brooklyn | St. Timothy Holy Church (139 Amboy Street) [11 x 17]
2008
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Brooklyn | Second Calvary Baptist Church (503 Glenmore Avenue) [11 x 17]
2007
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Brooklyn | South Road Tabernacle Outreach Ministry (753 Lexington Avenue) [11 x 17]
2009
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Brooklyn | United Christian Assembly Church (2401 Atlantic Avenue) [11 x 17]
2008
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Brooklyn | United Holiness Temple of God in Christ (823 DeKalb Avenue) [8 x 10]
2003
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Brooklyn | Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church "Assembly" Pentecostal Church (2560 Pitkin Avenue) [11 x 17]
2006
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Brooklyn | Victory Missionary Baptist Church (244 Howard Avenue) [11 x 17]
2008
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Brooklyn | Williams Temple (493 Ralph Avenue) [11 x 17]
2006
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Manhattan | Asambleas de Iglesia Pentecostal de Jesucristo Elohim (220 East 118th Street) [11 x 17]
2009
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Manhattan | Church of the Meek (305 West 141st Street) [11 x 17]
2009
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Manhattan | First Corinthian Baptist Church [former Regent Theater] (1912 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard) [11 x 14 (2) & 20 x 24 (1)]
1999
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Manhattan | Iglesia Pentecostal Padre Hijo y Espiritu Santo (2141 Amsterdam Avenue) [11 x 17]
2011
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Manhattan | Mount Olivet Baptist Church [former Temple Israel] (201 Malcolm X Boulevard) [11 x 14 (2) & 20 x 24 (1)]
2004
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Manhattan | St. John A.M.E. (132 West 134th Street), exterior and mural detail [11 x 17 (2)]
2006
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Manhattan | Salvation & Deliverance Church (37 West 116th Street) [11 x 14]
2002
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Manhattan | Second Canaan Baptist Church [former Lenox Theater] (10 Lenox Avenue) [11 x 14 (2) & 20 x 24 (1)]
2004
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Manhattan | 2nd Friendship Baptist Church (215 West 122nd Street) [11 x 17]
2010
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Manhattan | 125th Street Cathedral (230 East 125th Street) [11 x 17]
2010
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Queens | Highway Church of God in Christ (519 Beach 45th Street) [11 x 17]
2006
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Queens | Praise Tabernacle (Sutphin Boulevard) [8 x 10]
1999
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Queens | St. Genevieve (6 Beach 178th Street) [11 x 14]
2009
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Queens | St. Monica (94-20 160th Street), [8 x 10]
1999
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Queens | Tabernacle of Prayer for All People [former Loew's Valencia Theatre] (165-11 Jamaica Avenue), interior [11 x 14]
1998
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Queens | Trinity Baptist Church (111-74 158th Street) [11 x 17]
2007
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Queens | Universal Church of God (10934 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard) [11 x 17]
2008
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Queens | Westminster Presbyterian Church in Cedar Manor (59-11 115th Road) [11 x 17]
2010
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Staten Island | Pare de Sufrir Iglesia Universal del reino de Dios (260 Port Richmond Avenue at Charles Avenue) [11 x 17]
2009
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Unprinted NYC Churches: Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, S.I., and unknown

Scope and Contents

Spiral bound (8.5 x 11) booklet of proof photographs of churches arranged by borough.

2017

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Series III: New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development Photographs, 1989-2004. 8.59 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

This series includes approximately 765 photographs taken while Racioppo worked as the official photographer for New York City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). He was hired by HPD in 1989 to document the city's rebuilding of its distressed neighborhoods in all five boroughs. The subjects of these photos include demolition, construction, and before and after images of rehabilitated apartment buildings and playgrounds. There are also portraits of tenants in their apartments, squatters, homeless people, building managers, building superintendents, construction workers, HPD staff and program participants, and city and state officials such as Mayor Edward Koch, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and Governor Mario Cuomo. This series also contains many photos of dilapidated buildings (interior and exterior), unsafe living conditions, evictions, crack house interiors, drug paraphernalia, and graffiti.

Arrangement

Series III is arranged by location and/or subject, and then by size.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Larry Racioppo, 2017 (accession no. PPAC-2017-88).

Credit line: Gift of the artist.

Processing Information

Processed by Marybeth Kavanagh, June 2017.

Bronx

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 1-6 8x10 photos
1989-1991, n.d.
Box: 5 Folder : 1-11 16x20 photos
1989-2004, n.d.

Brooklyn

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 7-11 8x10 photos
1989-2002, n.d.
Box: 4 Folder : 5-8 11x14 photos
1990-2004, n.d.
Box: 6 Folder : 1-9 16x20 photos
1989-2004, n.d

Manhattan

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1-3 11x14 photos
1990-2004, n.d.
Box: 3 Folder : 12-14 8x10 photos
1989-1992, n.d.
Box: 4 Folder : 9-11 11x14 photos
1990-2004, n.d.
Box: 7 Folder : 1-7 16x20 photos
1989-2004, n.d.

Queens

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 1 16x20 photos
n.d.

Staten Island

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 2 16x20 photos
n.d.

Unidentified

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 15-17 8x10 photos
1989-1991, n.d.
Box: 8 Folder : 3 16x20 photos
1989-2004, n.d.

HPD Staff and Program Participants

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 18 8x10 photos
1989-1992, n.d.
Box: 8 Folder : 4-6 16x20 photos
1990-2004, n.d.

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Series IV: Photographs from The Word on the Street: The Photographs of Larry Racioppo, 1990-2005. 2 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

16 photographs documenting vernacular displays of religious iconography around New York City. The prints are signed, titled and dated on recto by the photographer. The images were published in the exhibition catalogue produced by the Museum of Biblical Art to accompany The Word on the Street: The Photographs of Larry Racioppo (Jun 15-Aug 20, 2006).

The photographs include:

Apartment Door Diptych, West 140th Street near Adam Clayton Powell, 1996, 16x20;

Do you Believe This? Frederick Douglass Boulevard near West 123rd Street, 1992, 16x20; Tin Knocker's Toolbox, Gold Street, Manhattan, 1995, 16x20;

Entranceway Altar, Near Lenox Avenue, Manhattan, 1990, 16x20;

Lobby Message, Saint Nicholas Avenue near West 116th Street, Manhattan, 1992, 24x20;

Paradise, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, 2000, 24x20;

Pierhula Hair Salon, 13rd Avenue and 77th Street, Brooklyn, 2005, 20x24; Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, Longwood, The Bronx, 2001, 20x24;

Jesus Saves Memorial Gates Avenue near Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, 2001, 30x40;

Pedro's Car, Warren Street near 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, 1998, 30x40;

Mt. Kinley Square Theater, Boston Road, Bronx, NYC, 1999, 30x40; McKinley Square Theater (burned interior) Boston Road, Bronx, NYC, 1999, 30x40;

Doorway to Hell, Fulton Street near Rockaway Avenue, Brooklyn, 2001, 30x40;

Valencia Theater, Tabernacle of Prayer, Jamaica Avenue, Queens, NYC, 1999, 30x40; Valencia Theater (interior with cross), Tabernacle of Prayer, Jamaica Avenue, 1999, 30x40;

Pablo's Cross, Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 47th Street, Queens, 1994, 17x51, mounted on Dibond

Arrangement

Series IV is arranged by size.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Bruce Berman and Lea Russo, 2016 (accession no. PPAC-2016-47).

Credit line: Bruce Berman and Lea Russo.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 9 16x20 photos
1990-1996
Box: 9 20x24 photos
1992-2005
Folder: FF 1 30x40 photos
1998-2001
Folder: FF 2 17x51 photo mounted on Dibond
1994

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Series V: Chapbooks, 2017. 0.209 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

Four chapbooks (approximately 7.5 x 7.5) of photographs taken by Racioppo. Images from Grace: Photographs of NYC Churches are also present in the collection as prints in Series II: New York City Churches.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Larry Racioppo, 2017 (accession no. PPAC-2017-82).

Credit line: Gift of the artist.

Processing Information

Added to collection and finding aid updated by Joseph Ditta, November 2018.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Believers
2017
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Good Friday in Brooklyn
2017
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Grace: Photographs of NYC Churches
2017
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Ellis Island: the Polaroids
2017

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