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Praise for Joe McNally's post-9/11 magnum opus

September 8, 2011

There's still time to see this free exhibit of Joe McNally's historic photos from the aftermath of September 11, 2001. Here's why you should try to attend.

In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, Joe McNally, Life magazines last-ever staff photographer and co-host of this spring's Adorama Flashbus Tour, commmemorated the survivors, first responders and others at Ground Zero by taking larger-than-life photos of them. Using the world's largest Polaroid camera, he shot one-of-a-kind images to create one of the most important photographic projects ever, One Nation: America Remembers September 11, 2001. With the 10th anniversary coming up, Joe caught up with many of the people he'd photographed back them, and took new pictures of them with Nikon DSLRs and lenses.

The 50 original photos, accompanied by new photos of the same indivisuals by McNally (with prints donated by AdoramaPIX), are currently on display at Faces of Ground Zero -10 Years Later until Monday Sept. 12 at the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle.

I was at the exhibit opening, along with many of the people in Joe's photos, and wrote about that experience in this blog post.

The reviews are in. Check out this video from Fox5 News:

Read Joe McNally's personal acount of the taking of the pictures, and the mounting and presentation of both exhibits, on Scott Kelby's blog.

If you can't get to the exhibit, be sure to read Joe's blog post...and watch this video, which is being shown at the show.

After the original exhibit's nationwide tour ended, Adorama paid for the storage of the prints—a significant financial committment. As Joe says, "This show is very much about the photo community at work." At Adorama, we are proud that we were able to contribute to the preservation of this historically important body of work.


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