A photojournalist, artist, and filmmaker, Lyle Owerko has documented a diverse range of subjects, from urban skateboarders to members of Kenya’s Samburu tribe. However, his most iconic image is the 2001 photograph The Second Plane, capturing Flight 175 as it struck the second tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, which appeared on the cover of the September 14th, 2001 issue of Time magazine, an iconic record of a national tragedy. Often working with human rights organizations, such as Charity:Water and the United Nations Millennium Promise, Owerko’s work frequently merges art with a social mission.
Owerko’s The Boombox Project began in 2005 as documentation of vintage portable stereos. In 2010, Abrams Image published a book of those photos, which included a foreword by Spike Lee.
Owerko’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress and has been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, among other galleries and institutions.