John Botte: The 9|11 Photographs

August 31, 2011 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers | 4 Comments | |
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In commemoration of the ten-year anniversary of the September 11th attacks, The Morrison Hotel Gallery will present a special exhibition of large-scale, never-before-seen photographs from prolific photographer and former NYPD detective John Botte. Opening on 4th September at the Calumet Gallery on 22 West 22nd Street in Manhattan, the exhibition features intimate and powerful portraits captured in the days following the attacks. On show until the 24th, The 9|11 Photographs exhibition is curated by renowned photographer Timothy White and sponsored by Canson, Calumet and Loupe Digital.

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August 2011, New York, NY – In commemoration of the ten year anniversary of the September 11th attacks, The Morrison Hotel Gallery is proud to present a special exhibition of large scale, never before seen photographs from prolific photographer and former NYPD detective John Botte at the Calumet Gallery on 22 West 22nd Street in Manhattan from September 4th thru the 24th with a special opening reception on September 11th.

In this exhibition, curated by renowned photographer Timothy White, John Botte unveils his intimate and powerful portraits captured in the days following the September 11th, 2001 attacks. His privileged position as a first responder and experienced detective gives us the rare opportunity to see behind-the-scenes rescue and recovery efforts in the aftermath of the attacks. This historical context integrated with Botte’s masterly compositions shows us the juxtaposition of the beauty within tragedy and the human spirit that often prevails.

John Botte is a former NYPD detective and lifelong photographer. His powerful and intimate approach to his subject matter can only be described as fine art photojournalism. Working entirely in a black-and-white format with film and a Leica camera, John’s work depicts a deep respect for his subject matter and an innate desire to communicate the moment in a way that reveals humanity. He is also the published author of Aftermath (Harper Collins), and often photographs for Rolling Stone Magazine.

Botte retired from the NYPD in 2003 and currently lives in New York. John Botte’s longtime friend and curator of this exhibit, Timothy White, is one of the most sought after celebrity portrait photographers in the field, his archive being one of the most extensive in the world. Last year, White curated an exhibition of photographs by Julian Lennon for the Morrison Hotel Gallery. This year, he has selected John Botte’s black and white photographs and printed them in large scale, giving the viewer the feeling that they can walk into the photograph and observe every detail.

Sponsored by Canson, Calumet and Loupe Digital this exhibition will premier in New York City and continue to be presented throughout the world. On Sunday, September 11th the gallery will be open to the general public from 1 to 3 PM.

The Morrison Hotel Gallery was founded in 2001 by Peter Blachley, a former record company executive, producer Rich Horowitz, a former independent record store owner, and Henry Diltz, a legendary music photographer. The gallery has since grown to become a major brand in fine art music photography and is respected amongst peers and artists alike.

Canson® is the worldwide leader in Fine Art paper making and manufacturing. Since 1557, papers such as Arches®, Montval®, Mi-Teintes® have become emblem brands for the most famous artists worldwide including Picasso, Matisse, Ingres, Warhol, and Goya. With the evolution of printing technologies, Canson® has developed media dedicated to inkjet printing as well as a new generation of museum grade papers and canvas for Photography and Digital FineArt.

John Botte: The 9-11 Photographs
September 4th thru September 24th
Gallery at Calamut
22 West 22nd Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10010
Monday Thru Friday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday 12 PM - 5:00 PM
Artist Reception Sunday, September 11th 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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#1 hayley Oats Cambridge Wedding Photographer

I am sure this will be an exceptionally emotional exhibition, having seen some of the images on display in New York I know they certainly evoked strong emotions in me. I can't believe it's 10 years I wish I had the time to come and see the exhibition

1:24 pm - Wednesday, August 31, 2011

#2 Ed OCallaghan

John was always a tireless worker and caring detective on the NYPD. He was given this assignment because he would cover it with the magnitude of depth and sensitivity that it required, and that only he possessed. It is a historical record, and a compassionate tribute to the lives we lost that day. May we never forget. As always, great work John, and thank you.

7:16 am - Wednesday, September 7, 2011

#3 Janet

I met John today...had no idea who he was but senaed ge was a special person.... needless to say after speaking with him I can see why he is who he is and what ge dies. thank you John for making me smile today....Janet Marsico

3:04 am - Wednesday, April 18, 2012

#4 John La Conte

I videoed 911 . I've never published the video . I think I know what you have been going through . You photos a incredible . I hope you are compensated for your work . I can't watt to get a copy of your book ! Sincerely , John La Conte

5:14 am - Sunday, August 26, 2012