In the months following the World Trade Center disaster, a Soho photography exhibit called here is new york became a haven for tens of thousands of New Yorkers. The catastrophe had been captured on film by world class photographers and average picture takers. ‘here is new york’ took in photos from all of them, digitized them, put them on anonymous display, and offered copies for sale.
An exhibit that was assumed to last two weeks took on a life of its own, and grew to unimagined dimensions. Thousands of photos were contributed, and thousands were sold. Hundreds of volunteers were recruited to assist the sorting, hanging, copying and selling. In the spirit of the time, the net profits from all photo sales were donated to The Children's Aid Society for benefit of the WTC victims. Over 15 months, 'here is new york' contributed almost $800,000 to Children’s Aid.
Aileen Ghee, a filmmaker and Children’s Aid volunteer, created a documentary about 'here is new york' called “Witnessing.” In it, she captures the wrenching images, the fears and sorrows, the reconciliation, the extraordinary drive and devotion that made ‘here is new york’ a perfect tribute to the victims and to all New Yorkers.
“Witnessing” is scheduled for broadcast on MSNBC on September 11, 2006 at 11:00 p.m.