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Jan Staller
In 1976, Jan Staller headed for the west side of lower Manhattan to explore the abandoned Miller Highway. On the vast expanses of that deteriorating roadway—better known as the West Side Highway—he found unblocked sunlight, an open horizon, and all varieties of weather. Taking advantage of these qualities for his photography he began a body of work entitled Frontier New York. The resulting images of the west side and other desolate spaces around the city,describe a transitory experience of atmosphere where daylight, weather, and artificial light combine in ethereal, otherworldly ways around Manhattan in the twilight.
World Trade Center, seen from the West Side Highway

World Trade Center, seen from the West Side Highway


Billboards, seen from the West Side Highway

Billboards, seen from the West Side Highway


Pier 32 near Canal Street, seen from the West Side Highway

Pier 32 near Canal Street, seen from the West Side Highway


Hudson River Pier Structure at 56th Street, seen from the West Side Highway

Hudson River Pier Structure at 56th Street, seen from the West Side Highway


West Side Highway at 18th Street in a snowstorm

West Side Highway at 18th Street in a snowstorm


Tarpaulin at demolition site, West Side Highway

Tarpaulin at demolition site, West Side Highway


Orange Fabric used to contain debris during demolition of a section of the West Side Highway

Orange Fabric used to contain debris during demolition of a section of the West Side Highway


Curtains hung to contain debris during the demolition of a section of the West Side Highway

Curtains hung to contain debris during the demolition of a section of the West Side Highway


Gansevoort Street at the Hudson River on a foggy morning at one o'clock

Gansevoort Street at the Hudson River on a foggy morning at one o'clock


Gansevoort Street at the Hudson River on a foggy morning at one o'clock

Gansevoort Street at the Hudson River on a foggy morning at one o'clock


West Side Highway viaduct at 72nd Street

West Side Highway viaduct at 72nd Street


Ramp at the Passenger Ship Terminal on the Hudson River, seen from the West Side Highway

Ramp at the Passenger Ship Terminal on the Hudson River, seen from the West Side Highway


Fire alarm box at 11th Avenue

Fire alarm box at 11th Avenue


Parking meter at the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel ventilation building, Battery Park

Parking meter at the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel ventilation building, Battery Park


The Manhattan Bridge anchorage

The Manhattan Bridge anchorage


Ditmars Boulevard train station, Astoria, Queens

Ditmars Boulevard train station, Astoria, Queens


Ventilation stacks for the lower level of the George Washington Bridge

Ventilation stacks for the lower level of the George Washington Bridge


Batting Practice Facility, Jersey City

Batting Practice Facility, Jersey City


Erie Lackawanna train, Hoboken

Erie Lackawanna train, Hoboken


Empire State Building, seen from Secaucus, New Jersey

Empire State Building, seen from Secaucus, New Jersey


World Trade Center, seen across a landfill in Secaucus, New Jersey

World Trade Center, seen across a landfill in Secaucus, New Jersey


Oil Storage tanks, Elizabeth, New Jersey, after a hurricane

Oil Storage tanks, Elizabeth, New Jersey, after a hurricane


Belleville Pike in Kearny, New Jersey

Belleville Pike in Kearny, New Jersey


Caven Point, New Jersey

Caven Point, New Jersey


World Trade Center, seen across a landfill in Secaucus, New Jersey

World Trade Center, seen across a landfill in Secaucus, New Jersey


West Side Highway Ramp at 23rd Street

West Side Highway Ramp at 23rd Street


West Side Highway dusted with snow

West Side Highway dusted with snow


Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn waterfront as seen from the Manhattan Bridge in the blizzard of 1983

Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn waterfront as seen from the Manhattan Bridge in the blizzard of 1983


Subway entrance at 23rd Street and 8th Avenue in a blizzard

Subway entrance at 23rd Street and 8th Avenue in a blizzard


My ski tracks on the Manhattan Bridge in the blizzard of 1983

My ski tracks on the Manhattan Bridge in the blizzard of 1983


Off Sutton Place in the blizzard of 1983

Off Sutton Place in the blizzard of 1983


Traffic light in Central Park at dawn in the blizzard of 1983

Traffic light in Central Park at dawn in the blizzard of 1983


Empire State Building, seen from Secaucus, New Jersey

Empire State Building, seen from Secaucus, New Jersey


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