Joe McNally's “Faces Of Ground Zero – 10 Years Later”

It’s not only New Yorkers who experienced the horror and sadness, and incredible human spirit brought forth by the events of 9/11. This event, which has changed the world in both profound and subtle ways, is something that all can relate to. While none who were alive that day will ever forget where they were at the time of the attacks, it is important to keep in mind not only the people who we lost, but those who served above and beyond the call of duty to serve their fellow human beings. This show, held at the Time Warner Center in New York, brings this event and the people involved to the forefront, and is a moving tribute to their spirit and humanity.

We recently attended this exhibition and encourage everyone who has the chance to do so, and hope that the images and words it contains will be brought to more venues so all can experience it. What follows is part of the press material distributed at the opening, where many of the individuals pictured were on hand to share their stories and experiences. It reminded us all why photography and story telling are so important a part of history, and can serve as both remembrance of those who have passed and as honoring those who served. This special exhibition was sponsored by  Nikon, with modern prints sponsored by Adorama. On hand was Mr. McNally who talked about the creation of the work and his heartfelt reflections on the people and subject he so ably depicted. The exhibition is running through Sept, 12, 2011, and we encourage everyone who can see the show to do so. –George Schaub

To mark the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, Time Warner Center Presents a free exhibition of more than 50 images from Joe McNally’s renowned “Faces of Ground Zero, Portraits of the Heroes of September 11, 2001.” This special exhibition will feature the original life-size Polaroids, along with new digital images and exclusive video interviews shot with Nikon D-SLR cameras revealing where the subjects are today and how 9/11 affected their lives.

Among the subjects are: Louie Cacchioli , firefighter who rescued some 40-50 people from Tower 1; Josephine Harris and Ladder 6 (“The Miracle House”); Chef Michael Lomonaco of the perished Windows on the World restaurant and current Executive Chef of Porter House New York; and (former) Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

These portraits (excerpted from the upcoming LIFE book, “One Nation, America Remembers September 11, 2001, 10 Years Later”) represent the everyday people affected by 9/11: firefighters and other uniformed rescuers, families of victims, survivors, caregivers, politicians and students at nearby schools. The original life-size photos, shot in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 on the world’s largest instant camera with a U-2 spy plane lens, as well as the recently captured images show the subjects in incredible detail and with great emotional impact. Viewing them is like meeting the subject.

Joe McNally is an award-winning photographer, whose international career includes staff photographer for LIFE magazine and assignments for National Geographic. In its 2002 tour, Faces of Ground Zero” was seen by an estimated 1 million people. The Collection and sales of related books helped raise more than $2 million for the 9/11 relief efforts.