Wave Hill is presenting a selection of photographs from Benjamin Swett’s series New York City of Trees, on view in Wave Hill House from June 17, 2015, to March 27, 2016. Fascinated by the trees that make up New York City’s urban forest, Swett has dedicated many years to capturing their essence. For this photographer, trees are as much historical artifacts as they are botanical specimens. His portraits of trees throughout the five boroughs, among them the magnificent specimens in Wave Hill’s collection, describe the persevering role that trees play in the fabric of the city. Swett strives to make connections between trees and the neighborhoods where they grow. As he has written, “I have tried to show the trees as living objects around which … associations may have gathered, and to think about what the places where they grow would be like if they were gone.” His photography

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