Image Correspondence #2

DISPLACED FOREST: A manicured patch of trees standing in isolation


Credit: Kate Joyce West Chapel Hill Street & Highway 147 Overpass, Durham, North Carolina 2013 

When I first listened to Episode #60, “Names vs. The Nothing,” by producer Sam Greenspan, I nearly fell over; the unnamed places described in the episode are ones I’ve been intrigued by for years. Sam introduces us to Graham Coreil-Allen and his manifesto The Typology of New Public Sites: A field guide to invisible public space. The field guide is equal parts playful, serious, quirky and visionary. I share an affinity to the attention Coreil-Allen pays to marginal, transitional and secondary urban spaces, and have often been drawn to photograph them. For me, the frame that the camera imposes is a way to relate to these undefined places. Coreil-Allen invites people to have a relationship with these places by naming them.

For this week’s image correspondence I selected four photographs from my archive and used the New Public Sites field guide to define the qualities in each image and give names to these spaces.

PASTORAL ISLAND: A lush, landscaped sanctuary above a hard pavement sea, surrounded by curb or parapet

Kate_Joyce_WEB_Irving_Park_Rd_Keeler_Ave_2013Credit: Kate Joyce Irving Park Road & Keeler Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 2013

UNTELLING WALL: A wall that reveals nothing of a building’s interior activity

Kate_Joyce_WEB_Goose_Island_2011Credit: Kate Joyce Goose Island, Chicago, Illinois 2011

SEER’S NODE: A spot of clarity that serves as focal point for various vistas, paths and/or activities

Kate_Joyce_WEB_001_West_Jackson_Ave_2014Credit: Kate Joyce West Jackson Avenue, Train Lot, Highway 70 & Interstate 40, Knoxville, Tennessee 2014


Kate Joyce is a Chicago based artist, architectural photographer, and the first image correspondent for 99% Invisible. Every two weeks, Joyce will release new and original work for specific episodes. She’ll also comb through her archive to find previously made photographs that are already in thematic conversation with current and past episodes. “I’m curious to see how audio will shape image and image will shape audio and what that will mean to telling stories about design over time,” Joyce says.

Now You See It is a project of 99% Invisible. Our intent is to create a public dialogue by offering our listeners a new way to interact with our show, as well as their own immediate environment. The project includes the Image Correspondent Residency and ongoing photo assignments for listeners. We want to get people out in the world engaging with our program, the built environment and photography. The images will have their own editorial arc, playing on themes that surface in our shows and leading us to new shows. This project came to us from the listeners and is a natural extension of our mission at 99% Invisible. It’s the next step in turning 99% Invisible from a radio show into a lens for viewing the world. Our first assignment will be posted soon, so stay tuned.

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