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A young woman keeps candles burning at a Union Square memorial. Photo by Doug Potoksky.

Photographs of New York memorials
Description: This collection of twenty-eight photographs, taken by amateur photographer Doug Potoksky, documents the September 11 memorials and tributes in New York.

Context: Ten days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, Doug Potoksky decided to do something to help. He left his home in Massachusetts and headed to New York, hoping to use his skills as a professional chef to cook for the volunteers and rescuers working at the World Trade Center site. He never got the chance to volunteer but ended up documenting the memorials and scenes of New York in the last weeks of September. Potoksky photographed memorials at Union and Times Squares as well as those outside the firehouse of Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9 on 8th Avenue just blocks from Times Square, and the patriotic display of American flags across the city.

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Memorial outside Times Square Fire Station, New York City
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Memorial at Engine 54 firehouse
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Douglas Potosky statement
Statement from Douglas Potoksy 9/11 Photographs By Douglas Potoksky I've been carrying my camera taking photographs for the past 30 years and have many of my photographs hanging in the homes of my friends, family, and associates. In the beginning, [...]
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Susan Rose's sister and father add a photograph to the memorial
Douglas Potosky described his interaction with Susan Rose's family as one of the most touching experiences he had during his visit to New York.


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