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IC-03: The Racioppo Photograph Collection

Identifier: IC-03

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 36 8" x 10" prints of Fresh Kills Landfill, including its workers and facilities. It includes images of landscapes, portraits, and detailed images of workspaces or locations.


  • Majority of material found in 2003

Conditions Governing Use

The researcher assumes full responsibility for compliance with laws of copyright. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Coordinator of Archives & Special Collections. In addition, although the photographs are housed in the CSI Archives, the copyright is still maintained by the photographer. Permission to use these image for any purpose outside of “fair use” must be obtained from the photographer.

Larry Racioppo 141 Beach 129 Street Belle Harbor, NY 11694 Phone # - (718) 318-1228 Fax # - (718) 945-6855

Biographical / Historical

Larry Racioppo has been a photographer his entire life, starting when he was a child. He began by taking images of everyday scenes in all parts of New York City, and eventually concentrated on individualized shrines created by ordinary people. He earned a B.A. in Communication from Fordham College, and a Master’s Degree in Television and Radio Production from Brooklyn College. He works for the New York City department of Housing Preservation and Development and has many of his works exhibited in museums around the city and the country. He is a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow, and has earned many grants and awards for his work. He continues to produce images which display the unique lifestyles and behaviors of New York residents. The photographs in this collection are part of a larger show displayed at the Urban Center, part of The Municipal Art Society. The purpose of the exhibition was to show the diverse nature of the Fresh Kills Landfill site before it closed permanently. Other photographers working on this project were Stanley Greenberg, Andrew Moore, Victoria Sambunaris, and Susan Wides. The photographs collected also seem to be related to the ongoing development of the Fresh Kills location in its transformation from a landfill to a large park. The photographs by Racioppo seem to emphasize the work culture on the site as well as landscapes, facilities, and equipment. This highlights the diverse nature of Fresh Kills Landfill.


36 Photographic Prints

Language of Materials



This collection contains a series of photographs taken by Larry Racioppo of the Fresh Kills landfill.


This collection is arranged into four series: Staff and Workers, Equipment and Workplace, Landscapes, and Series of Images. The final series contains images which were not easily placed into the other categories, and individual items seemed to be related to one another in some cases. When possible, the image titles provided by the photographer were used to identify images.

Physical Location

Rm 202

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These photographs were donated to the CSI Archives & Special Collections in May 2003 by Larry Racioppo.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in February 2008 by Steven D’Avria.

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Repository Details

Part of the CSI Archives & Special Collections Repository