July 4th: The Winner!
By Jin Suk
The Ground Zero memorial pool is becoming a new New York City landmark, and here it’s used to good effect. I confess that I resisted the image at first because the site itself still gives me shivers. But then our New Yorker offices are moving into the Freedom Tower next year, so I better get used to it as not only a mass grave, but also a tourist destination… and a patriotic landmark.
July 4th: Runners-up # 1
By Matthew Kalamidas and Olga Gessen
A comment not only about July 4th, but July 4th now. It’s true that these days we tend to experience our most special and celebratory moments from behind the lens of our technology. I prefer Olga Gessen’s composition here—it makes more sense to me that the Statue takes a picture of the fireworks than a picture of herself in front of them—but then what do I know? I’d just watch the fireworks!
July 4th: Runner-up # 3
By Sergey Maidukov
A nice graphic, well composed——the stripes and the pared down red, white and blue color palette allows it to read as a July 4th picture from a mile away. I also like the storytellling aspect: standing on shore, the abandoned crown and the addition of an all-American baseball bat.
July 4th: Runner-up # 2
By Oliver Weiss
This is in the vein of a classic New Yorker cover—effective and beautiful. Nadja also likes how the artist elegantly uses a synesthetic metaphor to evoke the experience of watching fireworks—very cool.
July 4th: Runners-up # 4
“Even Founding Fathers get the bbq’s” by Gabriel Guma, Chee Yang Ong, Sean O’Neil and Julien Couty
These are such wonderful responses to the assignment: “Fireworks, barbecues, American flags, folding chairs — it may not be exactly how our Founding Fathers celebrated, but it feels like the traditions are old as time.” The artists’ sense of humor are at play here, and, as a result, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin have never seemed more at home. Look at the top image - who actually ate those barbecued dogs?
July 4th: Runners-up # 10
By Tim Foley and Vincent Des Jardins
Two artists (with a strange psychic connection) each sent us two images, and both their images matched. Tim Foley’s are on the left, Vincent Des Jardins’s are on the right. I love the dogs hiding away from the fireworks. All four images have something else in common - they’re about finding the quiet, private moment amidst the loud celebration.