New York Times on Concord Free Press’ The Rockaways

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MD/NY partner Concord Free Press’s new free book of photography is profiled in the New York Times

After Hurricane Sandy swept through the region, people wandered the Rockaways like zombies, cloaked in blankets to protect against the mid-autumn chill. Families were left traumatized by homes reduced to skeletons. For weeks, the elderly and disabled, trapped in their apartments on high floors, waited for food and heat.

A year later, Gilles Peress, a photographer for the photo agency Magnum, is releasing a book that documents the devastation of “the powerful storm with the innocuous, neighborly name,” in the words of the book’s editor, Hamilton Fish. The difference between this book — titled “The Rockaways” — and many other photographic compilations of the disaster?

This one is free.

“Photo books are expensive to produce and expensive to buy, and they do tend to be sort of rarefied,” said Stona Fitch, the book’s publisher. “Our book is pretty much the exact opposite of that.”

Keep reading in the New York Times, and join us tonight from 6-8pm (October 18, 2013) for The Rockaways Launch Party at The powerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street (Dumbo) in Brooklyn, NY. More info on the Concord Free Press profile page.