Anyone photograph Ellis Island?

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  1. brian steinberger

    brian steinberger Member

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    Does anyone know how or where to go to get permission to photograph on the "New Jersey" side of Ellis Island, which is in ruin? I haven't been there since I was a child, but was wondering if you can simply walk to that side of the island and atleast photograph exteriors. I'm sure the buildings are all locked and would require authority or open them to photographers.
     
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    I went to Ellis Island a year and a half ago to photograph and there wasn't a lot of access. You do have to got through an airport type security to take the boat. And beware, they have not seen many film users. They were interested in the 4x5, and the boxed film. And I had to stop them from opening the film holders. The ruins from the train depot, right there at the dock, looked more interesting that what I got access to on the island. They keep you in the renovated part of the island.
     
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    Any idea how to get access to the other parts of the island?
     
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    Ellis Island

    Check out this website on Ellis Island. Photographed by my college friend Stephen Wilkes. All shot on 4x5.

    http://www.ellisislandghosts.com/

    He had to go through many hoops to shoot behind locked doors.
     
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    If you look on flickr there are some great pictures of people who have been to the abandoned parts of ellis island.
     
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    I know, they're fantastic! But I want to know how to be given access!!
     
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    I saw these at the Griffin Museum outside Boston a couple of years ago, they are stunning pictures.