iwan baan wins best magazine cover of 2012 iwan baan wins best magazine cover of 2012
may 02, 2013

iwan baan wins best magazine cover of 2012

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.


(left) the original photographimage © iwan baan, courtesy of new york magazine(right) new yorker magazine coverimage courtesy of complex


  • “the image, showing half blacked-out manhattan island as the storm approaches”

    The blackout was caused by the storm serge knocking out a transformer at the Con Ed substation on 14th Street on Monday night, so I’m not sure if it’s accurate to describe the photo as being taken “as the storm approaches.” The photo was taken after the blackout, so it was taken after the storm had hit.

    tacony palmyra says:
  • thank you @tacony,
    that is accurate, the article has been updated.

    danny db says:

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