image © iwan baan, courtesy of new york magazine
famed amsterdam-based photographer iwan baan has just been announced the winner for the best magazine cover of 2012 for his
post hurricane sandy image of new york taken from a helicopter. the image, showing the partial aftermath of half blacked-out manhattan island,
was featured as the cover of the ‘the city and the storm’ issue of new york magazine. a series of events lined up perfectly that night to enable him
to get in the air to shoot close to 2,500 images.
baan describes the scenario:
‘I started to call around the pilots that I usually use, but they were already out of gas or power or on a rescue mission, so none of them could help.
I finally found one about an hour and a half drive away in Long Island, but they said they only accepted cash because the hangar didn’t have power.
luckily, I had also gone to the ATM before the storm and I had enough cash with me, so it all lined up perfectly.’
read the full story behind the photograph in new york magazine here.