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Statue of Liberty

25 views to photograph
from Liberty Island FerryPaul Hudson/Flickr
Statue of Liberty with bayMatej Hudovernik/Shutterstock
with Fort Wood rightVictor Maschek/Shutterstock
bronze modelMsSaraKelly/Flickr
Looking up at right sideHolbox/Shutterstock
with Fort Wood centerShanmuga varadan asoka/Flickr
with New York skylineFree-Photos/Pixabay
spiral staircaseDaniel Schwen/Wikipedia
coin-operated binocularsMisterweiss/Wikipedia
view of New York from the crownErika39/Wikipedia
with US Flag PlazaIced Kola/Wikipedia
Frederic Auguste BartholdiDani/Flickr
Looking up at bodyDerek Jensen/Wikipedia
Looking up at left sideBigmacsc99/Wikipedia
Statue of Liberty Museum StoreKing Of Hearts/Wikipedia
with Exchange PlaceAeypix/Shutterstock
with ferryPrayitno/Flickr



About PhotoSecrets



A great travel photo­graph, like a great news photo­graph, requires you to be in the right place at the right time to capture that special moment. Professional photo­graphers have a short-hand phrase for this: “F8 and be there.”

There are countless books that can help you with photo­graphic technique, the “F8” portion of that equation. But until now, there’s been little help for the other, more critical portion of that equation, the “be there” part. To find the right spot, you had to expend lots of time and shoe leather to wander around, track down every potential viewpoint, and essentially re-invent the wheel.

In my career as a professional travel photo­grapher, well over half my time on location is spent seeking out the good angles. Andrew Hudson’s PhotoSecrets does all that legwork for you, so you can spend your time photo­graphing instead of wandering about. It’s like having a professional location scout in your camera bag. I wish I had one of these books for every city I photo­graph on assignment.

PhotoSecrets can help you capture the most beautiful sights with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of enjoyment. So grab your camera, find your favorite PhotoSecrets spots, and “be there!”

About Bob Krist

Bob Krist has photo­graphed assignments for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel/­Holiday, Smithsonian, and Islands. He won “Travel photo­grapher of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.

For National Geographic, Bob has led round-the-world tours and a traveling lecture series. His book In Tuscany with Frances Mayes spent a month on The New York Times’ bestseller list and his how-to book Spirit of Place was hailed by American Photo­grapher magazine as “the best book about travel photo­graphy we’ve ever read.”

The parents of three sons, Bob and his wife live in New Hope, Pennsylvania.


Thank you for reading PhotoSecrets. As a fellow fan of travel and photo­graphy, I hope this guide will help you quickly find the most visually stunning places, and come home with equally stunning photo­graphs.

PhotoSecrets is designed to show you all the best sights. Flick through, see the classic shots, and use them as a departure point for your own creations. Get ideas for comp­osition and interesting viewpoints. See what piques your interest. Know what to shoot, where to stand, when to go, and why it’s interesting. Now you can spend less time researching and more time photographing.

The idea for PhotoSecrets came during a trip to Thailand, when I tried to find the exotic beach used in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. None of the guidebooks I had showed a picture, so I thought a guidebook of postcard photos would be useful for us photographers. Twenty-plus years later, you have this guide. Thanks!

Now, start exploring — and take lots of photos!

About Andrew Hudson

Originally an engineer, Andrew Hudson started PhotoSecrets in 1995. His first book won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book and his second won the Grand Prize in the National Self-Published Book Awards.

Andrew has published 38 nationally-distributed photo­graphy books. He has photo­graphed assignments for Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Men’s Health and Seventeen, and been a location scout for Nikon. His photos and articles have appeared in Alaska Airlines, National Geographic Traveler, Shutterbug Outdoor and Nature photo­graphy, Where, and Woman’s World.

Andrew has a degree in Computer Engineering from Manchester University and a certificate in copyright law from Harvard Law School. Born in Redditch, England, he lives with his wife, two kids, and two chocolate Labs, in San Diego, California.


At a Glance

Name:Statue of Liberty
What:Colossal sculpture in New York welcoming all with a promise of freedom
Fame:Icon of New York
GPS:40.689167, -74.044444
Artist:Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi
Address:New York, NY
Started:September 1875
Sculptor:Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi
Architects:Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, Gustave Eiffel, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, Richard Morris Hunt
Height:151 feet 1 inch (46 meters), with pedestal 305 feet 1 inch (93 meters)
Address:Liberty Island, Manhattan, New York City,New York, United States
Award:UNESCO World Heritage Site
Visitors:3.2 million (in 2009)
Trivia:The seven rays of the Statue’s crown represent the seven seas and continents of the world

The icon of New York and freedom.

Views of the Statue of Liberty

From Liberty Island

From perimeter path center

Looking up at body

Statue of Liberty > the > Liberty Island > perimeter path center
When:MorningLook:Northwest ↖
Far:80 m (280 feet)


Statue of Liberty > the > Liberty Island > perimeter path center > looking up at body
When:MorningLook:Northwest ↖
Far:80 m (270 feet)


Statue of Liberty > the > Liberty Island > perimeter path center > looking up at body
When:MorningLook:Northwest ↖
Far:80 m (270 feet)

With Fort Wood center

Statue of Liberty > the > Liberty Island > perimeter path center
Addr:Southern tip of Liberty Island,
New York
When:MorningLook:Northwest ↖
Far:80 m (270 feet)Wik:Liberty_Island#Fort_Wood

From perimeter path right

Looking up at right side

Statue of Liberty > the > Liberty Island > perimeter path right
Far:80 m (280 feet)


Statue of Liberty > the > Liberty Island > perimeter path right > looking up at right side
Far:80 m (280 feet)

With Fort Wood right

Statue of Liberty > the > Liberty Island > perimeter path right
When:MorningLook:Northwest ↖
Far:90 m (280 feet)

From perimeter path left

Looking up at left side

Statue of Liberty > the > Liberty Island > perimeter path left
When:AfternoonLook:North ↑
Far:70 m (220 feet)


Statue of Liberty > the > Liberty Island > perimeter path left > looking up at left side
Far:80 m (250 feet)

From bay

From Liberty Island Ferry

Statue of Liberty > the > bay
When:MorningLook:Northwest ↖
Far:360 m (1190 feet)Wik:Liberty_Island#Geography_and_access


With ferry

Statue of Liberty > the > bay > Liberty Island Ferry
Far:290 m (940 feet)

With bay

Statue of Liberty > the > bay

From Liberty Island Ferry.

When:MorningLook:Northwest ↖
Far:190 m (640 feet)

With New York skyline

Statue of Liberty > the > bay

From Liberty Island Ferry.

Far:470 m (1530 feet)


With Exchange Place

Statue of Liberty > the > bay

From Liberty Island Ferry.

Far:3.20 km (1.99 miles)Wik:Exchange_Place_(Jersey_City)

With US Flag Plaza

Statue of Liberty > the
Addr:Liberty State Park,
200 Morris Pesin Drive,
Jersey City,
Far:1.14 km (0.71 miles)Wik:Liberty_State_Park

Liberty Island

[start]Liberty Island is a federally owned island in Upper New York Bay in the United States, best known as the location of the Statue of Liberty. The island is an exclave of the New York City borough of Manhattan, surrounded by the waters of Jersey City, New Jersey. Long known as Bedloe’s Island, it was renamed by an act of the United States Congress in 1956. In 1937, by Presidential Proclamation 2250 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, it became part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and in 1966, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of Statue of Liberty National Monument, Ellis Island and Liberty Island.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the island has a land area of 59,558 square meters, or 14.717 acres, which is the property of the federal government. A pact between New York and New Jersey states that New York has control of the Island, but taxes go to New Jersey, and the power comes from Jersey City.

Fort Wood


Statue of Liberty Museum

Bronze model

Statue of Liberty > Liberty Island > Fort Wood > pedestal > Statue of Liberty Museum

Bronze model of Liberty Island.



Statue of Liberty > Liberty Island > Fort Wood > pedestal > Statue of Liberty Museum

Original Liberty flame/torch.


Statue of Liberty

Spiral staircase

Statue of Liberty > Liberty Island > Statue of Liberty
What:Spiral staircaseWhen:Anytime


View of New York from the crown

Statue of Liberty > Liberty Island > Statue of Liberty > crown

The view of New York (Lower Manhattan) from the observation deck inside the crown of the Statue of Liberty.

When:AfternoonLook:Northeast ↗
Far:3.14 km (1.95 miles)


Statue of Liberty > Liberty Island > Statue of Liberty > crown

Table with the date of American Independence: July 4, 1776 written in Roman numerals, July IV MDCCLXXVI. Viewed from the crown observation deck.

Look:Northeast ↗Far:17 m (56 feet)

Coin-operated binoculars

Statue of Liberty > Liberty Island
What:Tower viewersWhen:Anytime
Look:East →Far:12 m (39 feet)

Liberty Island Sculpture Garden

Frederic Auguste Bartholdi

Statue of Liberty > Liberty Island > Liberty Island Sculpture Garden
Look:North-northwest Far:7 m (23 feet)

Statue of Liberty Museum Store

Statue of Liberty > Liberty Island

Statue of Liberty Museum Store is in a concrete building titled National Park Service.

Look:North-northwest Far:30 m (100 feet)
AKA:National Park Service building


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