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T H E S A L VA G E O F F L I G H T 15 4 9 By S t e phe n M a l l o n

BY STEPHEN MALLON


INDEX

Bug

Wing

Throttle

Portal

She’s Out /Looking at You

Whale

Diver in the Water 1

Untitled

Exit Row

Weeks 533

Untitled

Untitled

Diver in the Water 2

Wheel well

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Balanced

Diver out of the Water

Untitled

Objects are Closer

Happy

30,000 gallons


Statement F r o nt R oom Ga l l e r y i s p l e a s e d to present Stephen Mallon’s “Brace For Im pact: t h e a ft e rma t h of fl i g h t 154 9.” It is ver y difficult to encapsulate the events that h a ppe n e d d u ri n g a n d fol l owi n g the crash of flight 1549, but Stephen Mallon’s l a r g e -s c a l e p h ot og ra p h s , t a ke n during the salvage of the fuselage and engine, i m pa rt a p h y s i c a l i t y a n d s c a l e to these incom prehensible occurrences. Mallon’s ph o t os p re s e n t u s wi t h t h e a fterm ath of this disaster and rem ind us how it was a v e rt e d d e s p i t e n e a rl y u n b e a t able odds through the m aster y and braver y of the pi l ot a n d c re w. N e ve r b e fore h a s a c omme rc i a l aircraft crashed in the Hudson with the com plete s u r vi va l of a l l p a s s e n g e rs a n d crew. They were rescued by the Circle Line s i g h t s e e i n g c ru i s e fe rr y (a l on g with other rescuers) alm ost instantly. Men, wom en a n d c h i l d re n wa i t e d t h e i r t u rn s patiently standing on the wings of the plane, halfs u bme rg e d i n t h e i c y wa t e r on what felt like the coldest day of the year. This feat i s a t e s t a me n t t o t h e b ra ve r y of the crew and passengers. A s t h e fu s e l a g e a n d e n g i n e of the aircraft were later brought up intact by a g i g a n t i c c ra n e a n d a t e a m of d ivers in heated wetsuits, Stephen Mallon captured t h e mome n t s t a n d i n g on t h e d eck of the crane- barge. In Mallon’s uncanny ph o t og ra p h s t h e p l a n e s ome t i m es appears to be a m etaphorical wounded anim al, l i k e a wh a l e l i ft e d c omp l e t e l y out of the water. It is dam aged, beat up and m issing o n e of i t s e n g i n e s , b u t i t n e ve rtheless sur vives. The divers, in their heated w e t s u i t s wi t h h u g e fa c e -g e a r, seem like astronauts floating through an icy void i n sp a c e . A n d , we fi n a l l y g e t a glim pse of the fam ous engine— disabled by som e u n f ort u n a t e Ca n a d i a n g e e s e —i n a stunning pseudo- portrait by Stephen Mallon as i t i s l i ft e d from s ome e i g h t y feet of icy water.


BIO I n 2 009 , M a l l o n m a d e a b i g s p l a s h wi t h “ B ra c e for Im pact: The Salvage of Flight 1549,” a series of phot ographs d o cum e n t i n g t h e s a l va g i n g of t h e U S A i r fl i g h t that airline captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger m an age d t o safel y e m e r g e n c y - la n d i n t h e H u d s on R i ve r on Januar y 15, 2009. T he im a g e s M a l l o n p rod u c e d d u ri n g h i s t wo-week effort with Weeks Marine have been in exhibitions i n N e w York, Miam i , S t . L o u i s , a n d P h i l a d e l p h i a wh i l e a l s o being featured on television, and print m agaz ines as wel l as on T V, such a s Wi r e d. c o m , Ne w York M a g a zi n e , NB C, Resource Magaz ine, Vanity Fair, and CBS News. I n 2 010 S t e ph e n ’ s fol l owi n g s ol o e x h i b i t i on “ Next Stop Atlantic” was received with great praise from t he l i k e s of T he N e w Yo r k T i m e s , Na t i on a l P u b l i c R a d i o, GQ, Flavor Wire, The Atlantic, Fast Com pany, Feature Sho ot , and My Mo d er n M e t r o po l i s . Th i s b od y of work h a s b e en shown at the Look 3 photo festival in Charlottesville , Mi am i , St . L o uis , a n d R o m e . Mallo n ’ s pr o j e c t s oft e n re q u i re mon t h s , or y e ars of production. His Short film about the transportat i on and insta l l a t i o n o f t h e n e w Wi l l i s Ave n u e B ri d g e was created from over 30,000 still im ages. The film “A B ri dge D elive r e d” w a s r e v i e we d b y t h e Wa l l S t J ou rn al, New York Magaz ine, GQ, PDN, and WIRED. It was then s c re e ne d in five f e s t i v a l s i n Ne w York, L os A n g e l s a n d Bristol, England. I n the s pr i n g o f 2 012, S t e p h e n M a l l on u n ve i l e d his 3rd solo exhibition “The Reefing of USS Radford.” T hi s i s a co n t i n u a t i o n o f hi s on g oi n g s e ri e s “A me ri c a n Reclam ation,” which chronicles and exam ines the Am e ri c an r ecy c l i n g i n du s t r y. Th e work h a s b e e n re vi e wed and discussed by the Eliz abeth Avedon in Photographe r’s I , T he Blaz e , W IR E D , P r o Ph ot oD a i l y, L e n s c ra t c h , a n d Resource Magaz ine to nam e a few. Mallo n h a s s e a r c h ed t h e worl d for a rt i fi c i a l l andscapes and industrial footprints. Travelling through Af ri c a, So uth Am e r i c a , E u rop e , a s we l l a s Nort h A me rica. His work has been exhibited widely, and he has be e n co mm i s s i o n e d by a wi d e ra n g e of c l i e n t s , i n c l uding the New York Tim es Magaz ine, The Wall Street Jo urnal , Fo r tu n e , S m i t h s o n ia n M a g a zi n e , P u b l i c i s , M AY TAG, and the New York City Dept. of Transportation. Mallo n ’ s ph o t o s h a ve b e e n h on ore d b y Commu nication Arts, the New York Photo Festival , the Lucie Aw ards , I nter n a t i o n a l C o l o r Awa rd s , a n d P h ot o L u c i d a ’s Critical Mass top 50. He is also a leader in the photo co mm u n i t y. S i n c e 2002, h e h a s b e e n a b oa rd m em ber of the New York chapter of the Am erican Socie t y of Me di a Pho to g r a ph e r s a n d s e r ve d a s p re s i d e n t from 2006 to 2009. H e live s i n N e w Yo rk wi t h h i s wi fe , S a s c h a a n d their young daughter Josephine.


Th an k you to Tom Wee ks, Ja so n Ma r c hi o ni , Do nny B en esch , J o S u por, Ton y Polizzi, Brian Mu rph y, R obert Ben zon , D a n Do b r a nsky, Ta yl o r Mc Do nne l l , D an iella Nilva- C u n n in g h am, S arah Foster, S asch a Mallon , Jo se p hi ne Ma l l o n, a nd t he all th e crew th at work ed on th e salvag e operation !

“ Mallon ’ s w o r d h a r ke n s b a c k t o t h e h e roi c i n d ustrial landscapes of Margaret Bourke-White and CHarle s She e l e r, w ho gl o r i f i e d A m e r i c a n s t e e l a n d fou n d a rt i n i ts industrial m uscle and sm oke during the Great Depre s s i on.” -David Schonauer Pro Photo Daily “ O n J a n . 15 , 2 0 0 9 , a fe w Ca n a d i a n g e e s e wi t h b ad tim ing becam e snarge, a steely pilot becam e a hero, and t he w o r ld be c a m e f a s c i n a t e d wi t h t h e i ma g e s of a jet splashing into the Hudson River and then floating c al m l y as p assen g e r s c r o w de d i t s wi n g s . But un t i l n o w, f e w p e op l e h a ve s e e n t h e e q u a l l y surprising pictures of the second half of this stor y : whe n a salv ag e t e a m u s e d th e b i g g e s t fl oa t i n g c ra n e on the East Coast to pluck the ill- fated Airbus A320 fro m t he f ri gi d w ater.” -Matthew Shechmeister, “ Wired Magazine” “ Step h e n M a l l o n o u t d i d h i ms e l f wi t h t h i s won d erful portrayal of what goes on behind the scenes at the ME T ove r tw o d a y s . O n e o f m y a l l t i me fa vori t e s ! ” -Kathy Ryan Director of Photography New York Times Magazine


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