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BRIDGE OF DREAMS
THE RE-BIRTH OF THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE

Burhan Dogancay



During 1986-87, shortly after celebrations of the Brooklyn Bridge's centennial, Burhan Dogancay undertook to photograph the heroic icon workers involved in the bridge's restoration. In order to do so, he had to climb with them as high as the parapet hundreds of feet above the East River on freezy, windy days. Because of the safety nets draping the bridge, and because of the artist's camera eye, Dogancay's photographs transcend their documentary function, becoming workds of art in their own right. With these exclusive platinum prints, Dogancay presents the Brooklyn Bridge as it has never been seen before, more surreal, mysterious, more magnificent than ever.




The Brooklyn Bridge is currently represented in the Museum of the City of New York's 20th century exhibition, NYCentury: World Capital, Home Town, 1900-2000, with one of Dogancay's large-scale photographs from this series (cover of the book).

These photographs are featured in a recent book, entitled Bridge of Dreams, with an essay by noted writer from Brooklyn, Philip Lopate. Lopate states in the book "Bridge of Dreams":

Dogancay's photographs dramatize the tense play of light and shadow in the Brooklyn Bridge's form: the granite arches that loom like minarets, beckoning the traveler to prayer. They draw our attention to the haunting shadow of the bridge on water. They accentuate the serpentine plunge of the railing, like a roller coaster descending into the high-rise city. They retrieve the chiseled historic detail of stonework, the justaposition of Victorian lamps with postmodern artifacts. They obsess over the relationship between the bridge and the metropolis: on one side, flambopyant, vertical Manhattan; on the other, a more horizontal, vastly spread-out Brooklyn. But most of all, they document the terrifyingly acrobatic intrepidity of the ironworkers, these skywalkers who function, as the saying goes, without net.

 

Dogancay's photographs of the Brooklyn Bridge are also on display in large format at JFK International Terminal 4 through the fall 2000.



The Brooklyn Bridge is currently represented in the Museum of the City of New York's 20th century exhibition, NYCentury: World Capital, Home Town, 1900-2000, with one of Dogancay's large-scale photographs from this series (above photograph and also cover of the book). This was chosen from the museum's collection of 500,000 photographs.




"Bridge of Dreams - Rebirth Of Brooklyn Bridge", Photographs by Burhan Dogancay, Introduction by Phillip Lopate
Hudson Hills Press, New York, 1999

 

DOGANCAY BIOGRAPHY PAGE
DOGANCAY'S HEARTS
"BRIDGE OF DREAMS" TV program
Also see> ARE WE A REFLECTION OF BLACK HOLES?
(With Dogancay's Hearts)

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