Melissa Cacciola: Skywalkers. The Legacy of the Mohawk Ironworker

Silverstein Properties and 4 World Trade Center is pleased to host the temporary exhibit Skywalkers: The Legacy of the Mohawk Ironworker at the World Trade Center, a collection of thirty tintype portraits of Mohawk Ironworkers who volunteered in the rescue efforts after 9/11 and were an integral part of the construction of One World Trade, Towers 2, 3, and 4 and the Calatrava Transportation Hub. The tintypes will be exhibited on the 67th floor of 4 World Trade, offering a magnificent panorama of downtown New York.

IMG_4186The artist Melissa Cacciola at the opening at the World Trade Center.




Artist Melissa Cacciola photographed thirty men from the Kahnawake and Aquasasne reservations in Canada in an effort to continue the next chapter of the 9/11 story: chronicling the rebirth of an icon while recording a disappearing tradition of storied tradesmen.

Using the historic process of the tintype (a photographic positive on a lacquered metal plate, invented during the 1850s), Cacciola created individual portraits of each ironworker using a large format camera, period brass lenses, and hand-made film emulsions. Some of the earliest known tintypes in existence are of Native American subjects giving further relevance to the use of this nineteenth-century process.

double 1 ©Melissa Cacciola. Old Man, tintype, 2012 ; Harrison, tintype, 2012. Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery


double 2©Melissa Cacciola. Preston, tintype, 2012 ; Jesse, tintype, 2012. Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery 

Skywalkers: The Legacy of the Mohawk Ironworker at the World Trade Center results in a series of haunting photographs of this small community of men. These unique portraits bear witness to lives deeply lived: flawed characters, fears and aspirations, and storied histories, all revealed in a ten-second exposure before the camera.




The show opened February 4th and will be on view through March 12th, 2015. Public Viewings by Appointment, Thursday – Saturday, 12-6 pm.

All Opening images by Lena Vassiliou

Francesca Woodman at Marian Goodman Gallery