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Faces of Ground Zero: Portraits of the Heroes of September 11, 2001 Hardcover – July 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316523704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316523707
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joe McNally is an award-winning photographer who has shot cover stories for National Geographic, Life, Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and New York Magazine. In 1994 he was appointing the first LIFE magazine staff photographer in more than 23 years.

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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 exhibit and the book, printed by LIFE, helped raise approximately $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 32-page cover story for National Geographic, published in December 2003, commemorating the centennial observance of the Wright Brothers' flight. Joe is a 20 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 one of the magazine's most popular covers. He has shot cover stories for Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, Geo, Fortune, New York, Business Week, LIFE and Men's Journal, among others.

McNally's advertising, marketing and promotional work includes FedEx, Nikon, Sony, Land's End, General Electric, MetLife, Bogen, Adidas, Kelby Media Group, Wildlife Conservation Society, and American Ballet Theatre.

In 2008, McNally published his critically acclaimed, award winning book, The Moment It Clicks, which has been touted as, "one foot on the coffee table and one foot in the classroom."

In 2009, McNally published his newest, much anticipated book, The Hotshoe Diaries. Just like its predecessor, it immediately cracked Amazon's top ten list of best sellers, within the first week of publication.

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.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Novak on July 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is hands down the most compelling and personal account of September 11th.
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By SandyPoint on June 10, 2014
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Joe McNally is one of my favorite photographers and this book really shows that Joe is more than just a great photographer. I would love to see the life size version of these photos at some point but until then, the book is a great read.
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By Lee on September 23, 2013
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I went to New York City, Grand Central Station, where the original exhibit was held. Therefore I see more in the book than perhaps someone who did not see the exhibit. The photos at the exhibit were "LIFESIZE". It was though you were standing in front of the 9/11 heros and you could almost "HEAR" their written comments. The book brings back those memories. I have tried to find out where the original photos are being displayed, if they are being displayed at all. The book is the next best thing to seeing the exhibit.
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When I first went through this book, I was moved by the deep emotion that could be seen in the calm faces of the firefighters, police, and all those who helped on that day or in the days after, as well as those who had managed to escape the destruction. Deep sorrow showed on many faces despite their calm demeanor, and cold anger abiding just under the surface on others who had lost good friends. As I read this book and looked at the portraits, especially of the firefighters and police, I was reminded of the photos of soldiers and sailors who have just come through battles, or are catching their breath between engagements. I understood why people said that on day and the days that followed, those people were on the front line of our war.

There were one or two people whose presence I simply didn't understand, beyond perhaps, just perhaps they were in the book because they simply wanted to help or to encourage or comfort others, somehow.

There was one smiling face, an office worker, and when I read the story of how she was rescued and how she and her rescuers survived the tower collapse, I could understand why she smiled.
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