All of these Giant Polaroids, some 246 in number, were shot within weeks of 9/11/01. They represent a pictorial, emotional cross section of largely ordinary people who rose up to the challenges of that awful day, and did extraordinary things. The pictures traveled to numerous cities, became a book, and proved to be a powerfully moving tribute to the collective heroism displayed on 9/11.
The collection helped in raising money for the relief effort, and deeply affected the estimated million plus people who viewed them. Now, ten years later, they are being presented again, at the Time Warner Center. It is another stop on their journey, one that will hopefully see them reside, in perpetuity, at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, at Ground Zero. It is an appropriate destination.
The collection is over 20,000 pounds of framed images, and has been in museum quality storage for a decade. Storing them, moving them and displaying them is hugely expensive. When shown, they require UV protective glass. Crating them and shipping them is a major effort.
In short, tending to this collection, keeping it together, and preserved is a large task, and a costly one that is far beyond the resources of one freelance photographer. If you are of a mind to donate, please do so. The money will go to the preservation of the images, and their handling and transfer to the 9/11 Museum, under whose care and auspices they will reside.
The Faces of Ground Zero Collection is a sponsored project of Artspire, a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Fully tax deductible contributions to support this historic collection and the expenses of this exhibit may be made through Artspire.
To donate, or for more information, please CLICK HERE. (Under Artist/Project, please select "Joe McNally/Faces of Ground Zero").