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TWA : 50 Years Later

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May 6 through June 30, 2013

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Morningside Heights
The air terminal TWA at JFK airport is a New York protected architectural treasure. In 2005 Jet Blue started to build a new terminal around the old Eero Saarinen designed building as it was too small to handle todays’ traffic volume.
In 2004 I was assigned to photographically document this historic structure for the National Park Service and the Library of Congress. I have since photographed it again after restoration architects; Beyer Blinder Belle completed a $ 20 million renovation. Of my 400 images, 36 were in the Eero Saarinen retrospect exhibition in November 2009 at the Museum of the City of NY.
Only since the introduction of computer programs has this curvilinear design sprung back into contemporary architecture. Saarinen created this wonder without the aid of computers in 1963, 50 years ago.
Peter C. Brandt

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