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Museum of City of New York Hosts #SANDY: SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE STORM Today

Today, December 4, 2013, the Museum of the City of New York will host #Sandy: Social Media and the Storm to examine the unprecedented role that cell phones and social media played in documenting Superstorm Sandy and its aftereffects. The event is co-sponsored by the International Center for Photography (ICP).

Acclaimed photographers Benjamin Lowy and Stephen Wilkes join Sean Corcoran, the Museum's Curator of Prints and Photographs, for a conversation that also will explore the larger use of photography in the media's coverage of the disaster. The conversation will draw on #SANDY (Daylight Books, 2013), a new book of iPhone photographs taken during the storm by professional photographers and photojournalists.

The event is sponsored in conjunction with the Museum's exhibition, Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy, which opened on the one-year anniversary of the day that Sandy struck New York City and the surrounding region with devastating consequences.

Drawing on work submitted by over 900 photographers, many of whom were personally and profoundly impacted by the storm, the exhibition features images taken by both professionals and everyday New Yorkers who captured astonishing moments on their smartphones during the storm and its aftermath. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with ICP.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 6:30 PM

WHERE: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, New York (btw. East 103rd and 104th streets)

WHO: Acclaimed photographers Benjamin Lowy and Stephen Wilkes, Museum's Curator of Prints and Photographs Sean Corcoran

TICKETS: Reservations are required. Ticket prices: Free for Museum members; $12 for students and seniors; $16 for general public.

For information or to register, call 917-492-3395. Visit http://www.mcny.org/event/sandy-social-media-and-storm for more details.

About the Museum of the City of New York

Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. The Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City, and serves the people of the city as well as visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections. For more information, visit http://www.mcny.org.

Directions:
By bus: M1, M3, M4, or M106 to 104th Street, M2 to 101st Street.
By subway: Lexington Avenue #6 train to 103rd Street, walk three blocks west, or #2 or #3 train to 110th Street, walk one block east to Fifth Avenue, then south to 104th Street.


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