Friday, August 28, 2009

Brace for impact, the aftermath of flight 1549

The Front Room Presents 
"Brace For Impact: the aftermath of flight 1549"
Photographs by Stephen Mallon
September 10th-October 11th, 2009
Reception Sat. Sept 12th, 7-10
Viewing hours: Fri-Sun 1-6 and by appointment

"On Jan. 15, 2009, a few Canadian geese with bad timing became snarge, a steely pilot became a hero, and the world became fascinated with images of a jet splashing into the Hudson River and then floating calmly as passengers crowded its wings.

But until now, few people have seen the equally surprising pictures of the second half of this story: when a salvage team used the biggest floating crane on the East Coast to pluck the ill-fated Airbus A320 from the frigid water.”

Matthew Shechmeister, “Wired Magazine”

Front Room Gallery is pleased to present Stephen Mallon's "Brace For Impact: the aftermath of flight 1549.” It is very difficult to encapsulate the events that happened during and following the crash of flight 1549, but Stephen Mallon's large-scale photographs, taken during the salvage of the fuselage and engine, impart a physicality and scale to these incomprehensible occurrences. Mallon's photos present us with the aftermath of this disaster and remind us how it was averted despite nearly unbeatable odds through the mastery and bravery of the pilot and crew.

Stephen MallonNever before has a commercial aircraft crashed in the Hudson with the complete survival of all passengers and crew. They were rescued by the Circle Line sightseeing cruise ferry (along with other rescuers) almost instantly. Men, women and children waited their turns patiently standing on the wings of the plane, half-submerged in the icy water on what felt like the coldest day of the year. This feat is a testament to the bravery of the crew and passengers.

As the fuselage and engine of the aircraft were later brought up intact by a gigantic crane and a team of divers in heated wetsuits, Stephen Mallon captured the moment standing on the deck of the crane-barge. In Mallon's uncanny photographs the plane sometimes appears to be a metaphorical wounded animal, like a whale lifted completely out of the water. It is damaged, beat up and missing one of its engines, but it nevertheless survives. The divers, in their heated wetsuits with huge face-gear, seem like astronauts floating through an icy void in space. And, we finally get a glimpse of the famous engine—disabled by some unfortunate Canadian geese—in a stunning pseudo-portrait by Stephen Mallon as it is lifted from some eighty feet of icy water.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

2009 Lucie Awards

I am pleased to announce that The Salvage of FLight 1549 has placed 2nd in the 2009 Lucie Awards Industrial photography category. The Lucie's are In their 7th year, with nearly 18,000 submissions spanning 104 countries! The IPA has established itself as an international recognized competition that continues to garner the attention of the photography community worldwide. The details of the winning for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place are available to view at under the 'Gallery' section here.

The debut of this exhibition takes place as a prelude to the Lucies, held this year on Saturday, October 17th at Splashlight Studios.

The Lucie Awards ceremony held this year at the newly renovated Alice Tully Theatre, Lincoln Center, New York on Monday, October 19, 2009 purchasable at This is a first-come, first-serve event.

Join us for the biggest night in photography as we pay tribute to Photography's Living Legends and reveal the 2009 International Photographer of the Year, the Discovery of the Year and the Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Flashes of Hope

About two years ago i was referred to Flashes of Hope from ASMP national about photographing children that are fighting cancer and other life threatening illnesses. The children and families were wonderful and I am happy to be able to share these little moments that i had with them.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

bbc tearsheet

Two of the images from my American Reclamation project were just published by the BBC in their story on artificial reefs