The piers on the West side of Manhattan are a remnant of the city’s industrial past that have been an important landscape in the cultural life of New York City. From the 1970s to the 2000s, the piers were a gathering spot for marginalized communities, underground culture, artists, and gay life. In 2009, amidst rapid gentrification, EOH photographed the piers with these histories in mind and thinking about the pilings themselves as unmarked memorials to the AIDS crisis and a cultural milieu that once thrived on this unregulated waterfront.

These ideas and images are also explored in EOH’s publication West Street.

The Piers Untitled, 2010–20. Black and white gelatin silver photographic prints; 31 × 36 in. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.