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Joe McNally (photographer)

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Joe McNally (born July 27, 1952) is an American photographer who has contributed to National Geographic.[1] He is based out of New York City and resides in Ridgefield, Connecticut. He has won four awards from World Press Photo.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

McNally was born in Montclair, New Jersey. He went to High School at Iona Prep in New Rochelle, New York.[citation needed] He received his bachelor's and graduate degrees from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.[1]


From 1994 until 1998 McNally was Life magazine's staff photographer, the first one in 23 years. His most well known series is Faces of Ground Zero — Portraits of the Heroes of September 11th, a collection of 246 giant Polaroid portraits shot in the Moby C Studio near Ground Zero in a three-week period shortly after 9/11. A large group of these life-size (9' x 4') photos were exhibited in seven cities in 2002.[citation needed]

McNally has contributed for National Geographic magazine for many years. One of his photographic projects for the magazine was "The Future of Flying," a 32-page cover story, published in December 2003, commemorating the centennial observance of the Wright brothers' flight. This story was the first all digital shoot for the magazine.[3] This issue was a National Magazine Award Finalist.[4]

He has shot cover stories for Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, Geo,[5] Fortune, New York, Business Week, Life and Men's Journal.[citation needed]

He is known for flash photography.[citation needed]


  • Faces of Ground Zero. Portraits of the Heroes of September 11, 2001. New York City: Little, Brown and Company, 2002. ISBN 978-0316523707.
  • The Moment It Clicks: Photography secrets from one of the world's top shooters. San Francisco: New Riders, 2008. ISBN 978-0321544087.
  • The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes: Creative Applications of Small Flashes. San Francisco: New Riders, 2009. ISBN 978-0321580146.
  • Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash. San Francisco: New Riders, 2011. ISBN 978-0321700902.



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