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Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York

Notes from Susannah Shepherd, Web Designer

Last month I was asked if I would go to Brooklyn to take photos of Green-Wood Cemetery for a piece that Robert Ivy was writing on memorials [ARCHITECTURAL RECORD, July 2002, page 85]. I accepted with great enthusiasm, because photography is my first love (this site coming in a close second). The prospect of visiting the cemetery itself also excited me; the cemetery was commissioned in 1838 as more than just a cemetery, but also as a place of memory which is home to hundreds of famous people.

After walking through the giant gothic gate, I could feel a definite calming energy and I soon found myself surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of figures—figures made of stone of course. Every where I turned, a child, a mourning woman, an angel, a dog. The statues and memorials went on for as far as the eye could see. Each one asking you to remember and inviting you to read the inscriptions at their feet. Below is a small selection of some of the images that I took that beautiful day in Brooklyn.

All photos © Susannah Shepherd

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