Uncovering New York’s ‘Ugly Truth’ truth Photography- A Tapestry of Space Summary

To completely understand “Tapestry of Space: Domestic Architecture and Underground communities in Margaret Morton’s Photography of a Forgotten New York” by Irina Nersessova you have to comprehend her primary and secondary research. Nersessova’s purpose in writing this complex analysis of public space in New York in the 1990s is to uncover the real New York architecturally and ultimately remember the forgotten. She does this by using her primary source, Margaret Morton and her photography, as a guide to reveal “the city as public space and tourist attraction, and the work and experience of domestic architecture” (Nersessova). Nersessova mentions the Situationist International or SI, which accounts for her secondary resource which helps support Morton’s photography. This organization helps support the reasoning behind why New York is the way it is. They are against images of illusion like advertisement because they tend to cover the squalor destitution, and they believe that the pictures have been manipulated and prevent people from distinguishing the reality. SI used psychogeography, which pertains to the emotion and tie a city has to a person or people, to explain their theory and belief of capitalism being a threat to humanity, Nersessova states that the pattern of New York and how its structured and built around attractions and tourists covers up the people surrounding the city. “Psychogeography thus produced a social geography of the city.” (Nersessova) The city being known for its tourism contributes to the homeless being overlooked. This ties into Morton’s photography because it reveals the ugly truth of the city and the forgotten people. In this article the words ‘flâneur’ and ‘dérive’ come up a...
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