Todd Heisler: The Moment Before, and After

Todd Heisler presents an interesting piece for the Columbia Center for Oral History on the impact of 9/11. I’ll be honest – I’m not 100% on this. But Heisler’s work is unique and worth viewing. He does some things very, very well. His visual treatment, in particular, struck me. Architectural elements, reflections, flashes of light, video clips and snapshots — rather than “direct” photos of narrators — play across the screen as narrators recall some horrific experiences and sights from 9/11. The indirectness and loneliness of Heisler’s New York images are very striking.

There’s also a weird audio hum that underlies the video, almost a sacred audio intonation or modern-day fugue.

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