Joel Sternfeld photographed the High Line over the course of a year in 2000 – 2001. The images he shot of the space before its conversion into a public park show it as it was for many years: overgrown with wild plants; an untamed meadow-like space cutting through Manhattan’s West Side. These images were important catalysts in conveying the potential for the space as a public green space, and helped convert many people into supporters of the movement to save it from demolition.
For the High Line, Sternfeld has curated the series Landscape with Path, which celebrates the High Line’s dual nature as an urban walkway and garden promenade, and brings the work of photographers Robert Adams and Darren Almond, as well as Sternfeld to park visitors on a grand scale. A Railroad Artifact, 30th St, May 2000 is the first work in Landscape with Path. One of Sternfeld’s most iconic images of the High Line, the photograph looks east from the High Line at the Rail Yards with a view of the Empire State Building.
(1-2) Photo by Bill Orcutt; (3) Photo courtesy Friends of the High Line.