Ellis Island: 1979

© Joe DiMaggio

It seems like I’m spending more and more time looking at my archives. It may have something to do with the fact that we are finishing up our next book, and the working title is “Visual Literacy.” Time Magazine sent me to Ellis Island in 1979 before the beginning of renovations. There was no service there so I went over on a police boat. This was before the days of cell phones, and for whatever reason I did not have an assistant. The original photograph was made with a Nikon F, a 35mm F2 lens, Ektachrome ASA 100. “I can say ASA, not ISO.” I scanned the original slide, recently for the book and decided to pull a little bit more out of it. More photos of Ellis Island to come.

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