To make this photo, I shot the club early in the morning on a ‘snow emergency’ day in March of 2019, when no cars blocked the view. Then I stitched 60 individual photographs—from both 7th Street and First Avenue—into a single, flattened composition. There are more than 425 silver stars—and one gold one—on the building’s facade. Happy 50th birthday First Ave!
The Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building is a brutalist structure rising up from the edge of an air force base one the edge of Minneapolis. The place is completely off-limits.
The last time I pulled out a camera in that neighborhood, I was surrounded by armed soldiers responding to a 911 call from a passing motorist, reporting the suspicious behavior of a man with a camera.
Even though I was just doing my job, I had to be super careful to make this photo without being arrested, harassed, or worse.