9/11 – 2022

This is a reworking of scraps of photos from an earlier World Trade Center collage. It was the last time I photographed the towers before 9/11. Prior to that I had been occasionally taking pictures of the towers, and making photo collages, since 1979. I can remember not having too much of a plan for that collage, and in fact never really pursued it (until well after 9/11). Now the remaining scraps and negatives are unexpectedly precious. Among the many emotions and feelings arising from the tragic events of 9/11, a fleeting feeling of guilt sometimes stand out – why didn’t I take more pictures, make more collages of this wonderful pair of absurd architectural monoliths?

The collage here speaks to my/our ongoing efforts to make sense of the events of 9/11, working from our fragmented memories as we try to put back together what was broken, reflexively building a spiritual composite in our minds from the best parts, similar to how we keep alive a positive memory of a passed loved one. I really, really do miss those buildings.

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David McGlynn

David McGlynn is an artist living and working in New York City and Beverly, MA. Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, he received a BFA from SUNY Purchase in 1979.  Mr. McGlynn enjoys success as both a fine art photographer and as a professional commercial photographer. His specialty is photo collage, and he has been refining his unique style for the better part of three decades. He has shown his work at several group and solo shows, including the Alternative Museum, Queens Museum, Hudson River Museum, Luring Augustine Gallery, the Neuberger Museum and Broadway Windows. His work is included in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Erie Art Museum, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Forbes Gallery Collection, and various private collections. In addition, he has created large-scale works for permanent installation for a variety of clients, including Disney/ESPN Zone restaurants, Fox Network headquarters, and AT&T Corporate Headquarters.  His work has appeared in publications including WIRED, Newsweek, Time, Money, Forbes, Vibe, ESPN, New York Times, Traveler, Popular Science and Metropolitan Home. Corporate and advertising clients include Miller Brewing Company, ‘Absolut McGlynn’ for Absolut Vodka, Kodak Funsaver cameras, Compaq, American Express, Disney, Dime Bank, Polygram/Mercury Records, and the World Financial Center. Mr. McGlynn has received several awards including: American Photography Annual 7, 10, 11, 35; Society of Publication Designers Annual 18, 23, 27, 28 and 30; Graphis Poster and Graphis Digital. Portfolio spreads of his artwork have been published in: Life Magazine, Popular Photography, Idea (Japan), Photo Magazine (France), and Photo District News.