In the aftermath of the attacks on New York's World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, photographer Joe McNally (shown teaching a workshop this spring at Adorama) documented rescue workers, firefighters and other first responders at the scene with a one-of-a-kind Polaroid camera that produced life-sized portraits. The resulting photos, known collectively as Faces of Ground Zero, were exhibited in Grand Central Station, then toured around the country and were published in a book that raised over $2 million dollars for the relief of downtown public education.
Then the photos were crated and put into costly storage, where they sit now.
Last week, Joe McNally announced on his blog
that Adorama Camera is now a partner in helping keep this collection of photos together and, as he put it, "finding it a safe harbor." McNally continues: "The people in these pictures trusted me with their images, thoughts and feelings in those tortuous days after 9/11. They made the effort to come to a camera that sounds strange, despite best efforts to describe it over the phone. They have formed their own, informal, emotionally connected community. I owe it to them to see this through. Adorama, will now help me do that."
The partnership will include collaborations via McNally's blog, education, and lectures. Read Joe McNally's blog announcing the Adorama partnership