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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 1:45 pm    Post subject: WTC MEMORIAL FOUNDATION LAUNCHES ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY
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Monday, December 19, 2005


Images by World Renowned Photographers for Sale to Benefit Memorial

The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation today launched an online gallery of images with net proceeds from the sale of each print benefiting the WTC Memorial. Visitors to the image gallery at www.buildthememorial.org can purchase museum quality prints as well as custom-made posters of the Memorial design. The photographs featured include those by renowned photographers Joe McNally, formerly of LIFE magazine, Carol Guzy and John McDonnell, freelance photojournalists for the Washington Post, Hollister Lowe, a fashion and portrait photographer, and Jean-Louis Blondeau, who photographed Philippe Petit’s high wire walk across the Twin Towers in 1974.

“If pictures are worth a thousand words, these images, taken by great photographers, are worth ten thousand” said World Trade Center Memorial Foundation President and CEO Gretchen Dykstra. “The photos remind us of the power of these iconic buildings and we hope that they will be shared with people around the world. The online gallery allows everyone to contribute to building the Memorial by purchasing these compelling images.”

The photo archives include images of the Twin Towers, the Tribute in Light, and panoramic images of the New York City skyline. Photographs documenting Philippe Petit’s daring high wire walk across the Twin Towers are also included. The World Trade Center Memorial poster series includes renderings of the World Trade Center Memorial, Reflecting Absence, scheduled to open in 2009. Pictopia.com hosts the online photo store and provides the fulfillment services of the high end prints and frames.


Jean-Louis Blondeau was the official photographer of Philippe Petit’s high wire walk across the towers. He met Philippe Petit when he was 17 years old and shot his training, his first shows on the wire, his juggling act on the street, and helped him set up the high wire around the world. Their first big ‘coup’ together was in 1971 when, in the middle of the night, they secretly rigged a wire between the towers of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. But their most thrilling adventure took place in New York three years later, when Philippe walked between the Twin Towers, on a wire that they also clandestinely set up in the night. Like his friendship with Philippe, his love of photography is for life.



Carol Guzy has worked for the Washington Post since 1988, after spending eight years with the Miami Herald. Guzy has received three Pulitzer Prizes for her collaborative work documenting the aftermath of the mudslides in Amero, Columbia, the U.S. military intervention in Haiti, and Kosovo. Guzy has earned eight White House Press Photographers Association’s Photographer of the Year, received three awards from the National Press Photographers Association for Photographer of the Year, and awarded the Leica Medal of Excellence, the Overseas Press Club Citation of Excellence and Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.


Hollister Lowe began a career in men’s design apprenticing at Dunhill and later moved to Ralph Lauren where his interests expanded to fashion photography. His photographs have appeared in magazines such as American Photo, Elle, L’Incense, the Face, Japanese Vogue, and I-D.

His commercial work has included clients such as Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, Pepe Jeans London, Levis, Jones New York, Evan Piccone, Stephane Kelian, FILA, and Tommy Hilfiger. Hollister also receives portrait commissions throughout the world. He is presently working on a portrait book of “icons” as well as a photographic exhibition.


John McDonnell joined the Washington Post in 1978 as a photojournalist working with photographer Dick Darcey. He covered figure skater Tonya Harding’s collapse in the 1994 Olympics, the Reagan White House and Washington D.C. society, among other local, national, and international stories.


Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed American photographer and long-time photojournalist. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Alfred Eisenstaedt Elsie Award; First Prize, Portraits, World Press Photo Foundation; and "100 Most Important People in Photography," American Photo Magazine. His work has appeared in LIFE, National Geographic, GEO, Sports Illustrated and many other publications.

McNally was the LIFE magazine staff photographer (the first one in twenty-three years) when he created in 1997 the “Bolshoi Ballet Series” which was published as an eleven page story in LIFE. His most well-known series “Faces of Ground Zero”, giant Polaroid portraits created in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, were seen by over one million people in seven cities, including London.



The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation established to raise funds as well as build and operate the Memorial and Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center site.

The Memorial, “Reflecting Absence,” will remember and honor the thousands of people who died in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001 and recognize the endurance of those who survived, the courage of those who risked their lives to save others, and the compassion of all who cared. Donations can be made through the Foundation’s website, and more information on the Foundation can be found at www.buildthememorial.org.


Contact: The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation at 212-312-8800
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