Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed American photographer and long-time photojournalist. From 1994 until 1998, he was LIFE magazine's staff photographer, the first one in 23 years.
His most well known series is the "Faces of Ground Zero — Portraits of the Heroes of September 11th", a collection of 246 giant Polaroid portraits shot in the Moby c Studio near Ground Zero in a three-week period shortly after 9/11. A large group of these historic, compelling life-size (9' x 4') photos were exhibited in seven cities in 2002, seen by almost a million people. The sale of 55,000 copies of the exhibit book, printed by LIFE, raised over $2 million for the 9/11-relief effort. This collection is considered by many museum and art professionals to be the most significant artistic endeavor to evolve to date from the 9/11 tragedy.
Some of McNally's other renowned photographic series include, "The Future of Flying," a cover & 32-page story, commemorating the centennial observance of the Wright Brothers' flight and the future of aviation, which appeared in National Geographic Magazine, December 2003. Joe is a 25-year contributor to National Geographic, and this story was the first all digital shoot for the magazine. This issue was a National Magazine Award Finalist, and the magazine’s best-selling issue ever. In 2005 Joe shot a photo diary of the New York City Opera's historic first tour to Japan as part of the World Expo 2005.
Joe’s work has won numerous awards, and appeared in a variety of publications, advertising campaigns, books and more, including: Nikon, New York Times, National Geographic, Sony, Newsweek, ESPN Magazine, Land’s End, Discover, Life Books, MetLife, Bogen, Haggin Marketing, Lifetime, AGA Marketing, Wildlife Conservation Society, American Ballet Theatre, Men’s Journal, LIFE, and Fast Company,
Joe McNally is known internationally for his ability to produce technically and logistically complex assignments with expert use of color and light. As part of his teaching activities, he conducts numerous workshops around the world.
To see more of Joe’s work, please go to: www.joemcnally.com