In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, photographer Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao continued to document the city of New York just as he had done for the past decade. With painstaking care and the use of multiple exposures, Liao crafted the photograph Flatiron, Halloween after Hurricane Sandy, New York (2012). The photograph is a haunting documentation of the days when all the buildings in lower Manhattan had gone completely dark. In the multi-layered, panoramic image, Liao depicts the resilience of New Yorkers in a darkened cityscape. Two days after the storm, despite devastating conditions, we see the city that never sleeps still thriving and burning bright.
Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao (born in Taiwan, 1977) first received recognition with his series Habitat 7, which was featured in the September 11, 2005 issue of the New York Times Magazine as the winner of the Capture the Times photography contest. His work has been exhibited at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of the City of New York; Queens Museum of Art; and Bronx Museum of the Arts.