Red EyeFrank Fournier
President Gerald Ford, on October 29, 1975, never told the city of New York, then on the verge of bankruptcy: “Drop Dead.” But that is how the 15-cent New York Daily News characterized his speech. Ford’s words took on a life of their own despite his efforts to clarify his view.
New York City then was living a near-death experience after years of irrational fiscal management. The city was borrowing heavily to pay its workers; the police had gone on strike just before NYPD Detective Frank Serpico, made international headlines about department-wide police corruption. The basic services, roads, public transportation, electricity — the famous blackout of July 1977 was about to unravel — were in total disarray.
Frank Fournier born in Saint-Sever, France has been a photojournalist and a New Yorker since October 1976. A deeply humanistic photographer, concerned by social and political issues, he has produced extraordinary work on the civil war in Lebanon, the aftermath of the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz, infants with AIDS in Romania, women rights in Sarajevo during the Bosnian civil war, the genocide in Rwanda, the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
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