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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
(212) 873-3400


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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

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