Capturing Ellis Island's Lost Period

Published Sep 18 2020 at 6:17 PM GMT
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  • If Hine's lens looked to find meaning through the portrait, Holbrooke has found the hope and pathos through what is left behind.
  • Holbrooke went to Ellis Island before its restoration began in 1985, when it was mostly forgotten in the shadow of its more famous neighbor, Lady Liberty.
  • "I got permission from the [National Park Service] to spend weeks wandering around Ellis Island with a camera, including areas where tourists were not allowed", Holbrooke says.
  • "There was a sense of history everywhere: the name cards in file cabinet drawers, empty steamer trunks, sinks filled with plaster, time gone by, graffiti left by immigrants, abandoned offices left in disarray, the shadow of a coat hanger.' And Holbrooke found more.



  • Published Sep 18, 2020 6:17 PM GMT