An Incredibly Important Photo Book Is Up For Grabs On Kickstarter

Remember the Love commemorates the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center

We’ve shared a fair few Kickstarter campaigns here on The Phoblographer in the past, but none are quite as important as this one. Can you believe that this year will mark 20 years since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers in New York City? For just a few more days, you have the chance to help bring to life a photo book that will help you get past the tragedy of that day. It will have you remembering the love instead. Join us after the break to find out all of the deets about this special photo book.

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Nat Geo Photographer Ira Block on Processing His Home City After 9/11

National Geographic Photographer Ira Block has worked to ensure that we truly never forget 9/11.

“They weren’t panicking,” related photographer Ira Block as we sat in his NYC loft and examined images from 9/11. “They were instead trying to figure out what was going on.” The image Ira is referring to is one very typical of New York. We were all in plenty of shock on 9/11. Everyone was in a state of confusion throughout the day. Said photo, which is the lead image of this story, was shot by Ira while walking down 7th Ave. The photos Ira took were for himself. Though a National Geographic photographer, Ira isn’t a news photojournalist–but he started out as one. To that end, he wasn’t on an assignment that day and the images he shot were just for him.

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Exploring Why Photographers Did or Didn’t Pick Up a Camera on 9/11

What made some of our community members pick up a camera, while others chose to leave the gear at home and take in the traumatic experience of 9/11?

We all face the dilemma of photographing the moment vs. being ‘in’ the moment. Inarguably, our view behind the lens can be completely different than the view absent of one. We encounter it regularly when it’s a beautiful sunset, moments with friends, cute episodes with my cats, etc. These moments are superfluous and trivial in comparison to the gravity that is the traumatic experience of experiencing 9/11 firsthand. With that said, the question remains – do I want to document what I’m seeing, or experience what I’m seeing? To explore this concept, while also giving appropriate reverence to the anniversary we’re coming upon, we interviewed two wonderful photographers who lived in the city and were present the day of the attacks. Ron Jautz chose to leave his camera at home, while Thomas Donley grabbed his gear and ran out the door. While one chose to make photographs and the other chose to experience the moment, their answers reflect many similar sentiments. Continue reading…

Two hours on 9/11: An interview with Phil Penman

“I’m a mess whenever I think about 9/11 for too long. I know that my brain will never truly comprehend what I saw that day.”

For most people who were unfortunate enough to find themselves amongst the terrible event on 9/11, their first action would have been to get away as quickly as possible. However, photographers are not most people.

Phil Penman, a photojournalist based in New York, was at home when he first received a call to inform him a plane had hit the World Trade Center. He has kindly taken the time to talk to us and revisit what happened during the following two hours on that tragic day on September 11th, 2001.

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Ronald Herard: 9/11 Through the Eyes of a Photo Lab Technician

This photographer walks in, drops off his pictures and stands off to the side. I asked him “Are you okay?” He says he was standing there with the camera in hand and all of a sudden him and the firemen hear these sounds. THUNK! THUNK! He didn’t know what it was. When he turned around, he found out it was people hitting the ground and jumping out of the World Trade Center. He says to me “I couldn’t lift my camera.” He was covered in ash, and tears were coming down his eyes. They were flesh colored where the tears were streaming down and cutting through the ashes. That photographer cleaned himself up in the bathroom and he went back out there.

During 9/11, Ronald Herard was one of the people running the Time Life Photo Lab in NYC. He got into the art form through graphic design only to shuffle around while working in studios, retail stores, and then photo labs. Today, he’s both a member of Kamoinge and a camera salesperson at Foto Care in NYC; but on 9/11 he was a photo lab tech working the counter–and so he’s seen the work of so many photographers who shot during that day. We sat down in a pizzeria around the Flatiron neighborhood (as us New Yorkers do) where I mostly listened to Ron relate the experience of how he got into photography and how those experiences lead to him being in the lab. On September 11th 2001, photographers of all types poured in as the Time Life Photo Lab made themselves open 24/7 for a period of time.

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This Time Lapse of the 9/11 Memorial Took 10 Years to Create

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Following the very emotional, very moving National September 11 Museum dedication on May 15 when President Obama once again led many to remembering those who were lost in the 9/11 tragedy, webcam network EarthCam released an HD time-lapse video showing the construction of the museum as well as its twin reflection pools.

Produced and directed by EarthCam CEO and founder Brian Cury, this amazing two and a half minute video serves as the culmination of the many web cameras the network installed at the World Trade Center even before the rebuilding efforts and of the over 1 million images they had gathered.

The video, the official commemoration video for the 9/11 Memorial Museum, documents the museum’s almost 13-year construction from October 2004 to May 2014. It covers everything from the groundbreaking to its completion, as seen from high vantage points, and features the Survivor Tree, which has become an important symbol of strength, resilience, and survival in the complex.

It’s EarthCam’s way of honoring the 9/11 victims and is dedicated to their families and friends as well as the men who were involved in the rescue and recovery efforts.

The museum itself officially opens to the public on May 21st but we can already watch the commemorative video. See it after the jump.


Via Gothamist

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Get Nostalgic with This Slideshow of New York City in 1969

New York in 1969

New York City has come a long way from its early days but while many things have changed and happened – the city even suffering first hand and then rising from the ashes of one of the biggest tragedies in US history – it still is as grand and as proud as it was in the old days.

Today, new towers and high-rises, including the One World Trade Center, the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere, grace the city’s majestic skyline; but it wasn’t always like this. In 1969, the current year for Mad Men’s seventh and final season and back when the original World Trade Center was still under construction, the city looks just a tad different.

A 10-minute slideshow on YouTube shows us how exactly the city looked before the feel good days of the 70s, with its parade of retro color slide images of NYC complete with markers all taken in 1969. And if those photographs alone won’t give you a bad case of nostalgia, the slideshow is also accompanied by Nat King Cole singing Mona Lisa, Too Young, and Smile in the background, just to make sure you really get that thoughtful longing for the past going.

Watch it after the jump.

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