"The Edge of New York" 600 Miles of Waterfront

The first Photo Urbanism Fellowship was awarded to Len Jenshel and Diane Cook for their project, “The Edge of New York,” where they documented 600 miles of New York City waterfront. The photographs examine how and why New Yorkers have become so isolated from their waterfront, and draw attention to the citywide dialogue on its potential reuse. It was the photographers’ intention to “document and interpret the waterfront areas of public access, particularly the confluence and counterpoint of recreation and commerce, development and conservation, nature and architecture.”

Program support provided by Paul Warchol Photography and Paul and Ulla Warchol.

"The Edge of New York" exhibition was on display September 5 - November 29, 2009 at the Museum of the City of New York

Diane Cook & Len Jenshel

2001: The Edge of New York

Diane Cook and Len Jenshel are two of America’s foremost landscape photographers. Their work has been published in numerous magazines including National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, Audubon, GEO, On Earth, The New Yorker, Fortune, and many others. In the fine arts, they have published numerous books of their photographs – their monographs include Travels in the American West, HOT SPOTS: America’s Volcanic Landscape, and AQUARIUM.

Diane and Len have received numerous fellowships including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Graham Foundation, the Design Trust for Public Space, and two grants from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Their photographs have been exhibited internationally in one-person shows all over the world, including the Yokohama Museum in Tokyo, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the International Center of Photography in New York City. Diane and Len’s work is represented in over one hundred museums and collections worldwide.

Exhibition Gallery

The Edge of New York

Diane Cook & Len Jenshel

Artist Statement

Into the scrum of preservationists, developers, maritime interests, politicians and ordinary New Yorkers, each fighting for a particular vision of the waterfront, come Diane Cook and Len Jenshel, a husband-and-wife photography team who have spent the past three years documenting the city’s infinitely convoluted 578 miles of shoreline.…Both photographers work in the documentary tradition, but they are artists more than journalists, and the romance, wit and mystery that emerge from their images go far beyond any factual statement of reality.

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