Photographer Ira Block has a straightforward, haunting, unblinking look at the aftermath of September 11, 2001. As an internationally renowned shooter, Block has over thirty National Geographic stories under his belt. He is also a respected photo educator and workshop leader.
Due to restrictions in his agreement with National Geographic, we are unable to reproduce any of the images used in their story, which is now available for viewing on their site. Written by Luna Shyr, Block’s photos accompany her piece entitled “Starting from Ground Zero: Ten years after 9/11, how have the survivors healed—and what wounds still remain?”
A gallery show of these impressive images is scheduled for October 19th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Foto Care in New York City.
To capture both the disturbing images of wreckage, such as a piece of one of the planes’ fuselage, to the life-affirming smile of a survivor with her children, Block relied on his Mamiya 645AFD III with a 33 megapixel back. Mamiya lenses used were a 120mm macro, an 80mm f/2.8 and a 150mm f/2.8. His tripod is an Induro CT414—”the big one,” he says. Profoto Strobes were used, along with Acute2 1200 Generators, and Acute2 2400 Generators. He also employed a Creative Light Octa Sofbox. His lights were triggered by PocketWizard MultiMAX units.
You can see Block’s thoughts on the event, the subsequent images, and the intervening years in a new post on his blog.
Another impressive credit belonging to this photographer is Block taught the first creative digital photography class at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He regularly appears at workshops around the world. His blog on photography, photographic gear, and creativity, is not to be missed.