Chris Burden, The Atomic Alphabet, 1980 curtosey of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchase, with funds from the Print Committee.

The city presents itself as a blend of utopia and dystopia, whereby modernity undoubtedly cherishes and applauds its dystopian rather than its utopian aspects—urban decadence, danger, and haunting eeriness. The first thing that strikes you is, yes, that’s how things always used to be here and that’s how they will stay—all these colorful types, the picturesque city ruins and danger looming at every corner. 

photographs by @jackiembarr for @FPNewYorkCity

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