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Hope at Ground Zero
Photographer Andrea Booher arrived as part of a team of photographers at Ground Zero on September 12, 2001, to chronicle the work of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Urban Search and Rescue Teams. She spent the next 10 weeks documenting the search for survivors and the shift from rescue to recovery. Booher joins Amy S. Weisser, the Museum’s Vice President of Exhibitions, to discuss her time at Ground Zero and the extraordinary people whose work she photographed.
Wed. May 18, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
9/11 Memorial Auditorium on the Atrium Terrace Level (Second Floor)
New Exhibition Features FEMA Photographs of Ground Zero
Renowned photojournalist and filmmaker Andrea Booher responded to ground zero the day after 9/11 to document Federal Emergency Management Agency’s role in the rescue and recovery effort. In the 10 weeks that Booher had unlimited 24-hour access to the site, she amassed thousands of photographs. Selections from this body of work are featured in the new exhibition “Hope at Ground Zero” opening May 18 in conjunction with an evening program hosted by Booher at the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
Aspen photojournalist’s photos document Ground Zero, on display in NYC
Booher, an Aspen-based photojournalist, was on assignment in Utah shooting goats when she got the call to head to New York. It was late on Sept. 12.
What Booher was about to document would be collected and displayed more than a decade later at the memorial and museum honoring the tragedy.
Photo: 9/18/01 World Trade Center, NY Members of New York Fire Department continue search for survivors amongst the wreckage. Andrea Booher/FEMA
Portraits from Ground Zero
Photojournalist and filmmaker Andrea Booher was one of only two photographers allowed unlimited 24-hour access to Ground Zero in the days after the September 11th attacks. The two-hour A&E special Portraits from Ground Zero features the subjects of Booher’s harrowing photographs including a firefighter searching for the body of his lifelong friend; a teenage girl mourning her stepfather; a Franciscan friar ministering to the dead; and the future FDNY Chief of Department worrying about a potential building collapse. Booher uses the battered green notebook she carried at the Trade Center to track down the people in nearly a dozen of her most powerful pictures, and gets them to tell, for the first time, the riveting personal stories behind the photographs.