The Edge of the City
For most of the time he worked as a photographer, and parallel to creating the work with which he would establish his reputation, Charles Pratt (19261976) gradually assembled a body of work he called The Edge of the City. Having been born and raised in New York, Pratt found himself increasingly drawn to the edges with a sense of urgency, knowing that they may be gone tomorrow not just extended but really, finally gone. Pratt documented open spaces threatened by change: the New Jersey meadows, the New York harbor, and the areas along the rivers, finally zeroing in on the heart of Manhattan. From scenes of distant highways to close-ups of the littered roadbeds, these photographs of a bygone era preserve the process of change.
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