The walls of low-income apartments were among those derelict things. In 1972, for his work Walls Paper, the artist spent several months shooting such walls in the South Bronx and Lower East Side. After printing the color images on newspaper, he then assembled them in a book or hung them on the wall like swaths of detached wallpaper. The fragility and impermanence of the newsprint was not by chance; the work remains one of his most powerful, a subtle homage to structures that are long gone, not unlike his ephemeral building cuts.
“Sometimes people ask how you can do a show because none of the work exists anymore, but that’s just not true,” says Fiore. “There is amazing work far beyond the physical structure. He didn’t just do these things or find these things and click a few shots. He wasn’t just documenting. Everything had multiple layers.”