I made this photograph in NYC. I don’t know what motivated me to take the photo, but I do remember where I was and what I was doing when I did: I was walking around lower Manhattan with friends who were visiting from out of town and we were in the vicinity of Ground Zero.
I found it recently in my files. When I looked at this image, I was struck by the fact that despite the trash, these pay phones were amazingly intact, but that there was a “no dial tone” sticker plastered across the receiver on the phone booth to the left.
Make of it what you will.
- New York City turns old pay phones into modern touch terminals (geek.com)
- Did You Think Pay Phones Were Just Public Toilets Before Sandy? (updates.jezebel.com)
- New Yorkers reconnect with Pay Phones (worldbulletin.net)
- NYC Challenges Citizens to Reinvent the Pay Phone (mashable.com)