Now you can own a piece of photographic history and help Sandy victims—some of whom are still without power—in one swoop. The MoMA Design Store is offering a poster version of Iwan Baan's famous aerial image of storm-stricken New York for just $20. Proceeds will support the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City in its Sandy relief efforts. Not only will you be supporting a good cause; you'll also have the chance to gaze upon this once-in-a-lifetime shot and contemplate the significance of the lights and darkness (climate change vs. us, Wall Street vs. everyone).
The intrepid Baan, an Architizer A+ Awards juror, snapped the photo in late October while hanging out of a doorless helicopter hovering over the tip of Lower Manhattan. The image became the cover of the November 12 edition of New York magazine.
Last fall Baan told us the story of how he got the shot. He happened to be trapped in New York, trying (unsuccessfully) to get out to Herzog & de Meuron's Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, Long Island. And there happened to be a helicopter pilot who, despite the risks, was happy to give Baan a ride over NYC for a wad of cash. Read more here.