Visiting the Rockaways with Photographer Winnie Au

When we first saw the pictures that photographer Winnie Au shot on a recent trip to the Rockaways, we were stunned. Not only did Au manage to capture the wide-reaching and devastating effect that Hurricane Sandy had on the area, but she did so with a sensitivity to the subject that is not always evident in disaster photography. The resulting images render the tremendous scope of the tragedy without ever losing sight of the humanity behind all the upheaval, which is exactly what good art is meant to do—take the human experience and communicate it on a universal scale. We spoke with Au about what brought her to the Rockaways and what she foudnwhile she was there.


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