hurricane sandy


Astounding Personal Shots of Hurricane Sandy

As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, New Yorkers are starting to reflect anew on the disaster and its aftermath.

The International Center of Photography and the Museum of the City of New York are highlighting that journey in a jointexhibitioncalled “Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy.”

The 100 photographs in the exhibition were selected from nearly 6,000 entries submitted to an open call. They include high-resolution photos from professionals as well as photos from storm victims taken with mobile phones.

“I tried to focus more on the interest of what is depicted rather than on image quality or sharpness or composition. This is intended to be a little more descriptive,” ICP curator Kristen Lubben said.

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#HurricaneSandy, One Year Later

On October, 22, 2012, a tropical storm formed in the Caribbean Sea that would come to be known as Hurricane Sandy. Over the next week, Sandy would take the lives of at least 268 people and cause more than $68 billion in damages, making it the second costliest hurricane in US history.

First hitting Jamaica and Cuba, Sandy then made its way up the Atlantic coast of the United States, finally coming ashore just north of Atlantic City, New Jersey. On October 29, Sandy’s 13-foot storm surge submerged large swaths of northern New Jersey and New York City. Many of those who bore witness to the devastation shared it with the world on Instagram.

Due largely to delays in recovery funding, many areas impacted by the storm remain damaged to this day.

Explore the #HurricaneSandy hashtag for photos, videos and stories from those affected by the storm.

The Waterfall Action Park, in Rodanthe, NC, was in poor repair before it closed down for a year (due to the death of the owner) and then was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.  Now permanently shuttered, this Outer Banks destination is an overgrown heap of miniature golf courses and go-kart tracks.  The highlight of the amusement park, of course, was this rickety water slide, which I decided to photograph in a long exposure by a mixture of the light pollution from the nearby resort town and full moonlight in the middle of the night a few years back.

Print available here.


One year ago today we shot our Hurricane Sandy show with no audience.