On Jan. 15, 2009, a few Canadian geese with bad timing became snarge, a steely pilot became a hero, and the world became fascinated with images of a jet splashing into the Hudson River and then floating calmly as passengers crowded its wings. But until now, few people have seen the equally surprising pictures of the second half of this story: when a salvage team used the biggest floating crane on the East Coast to pluck the ill-fated Airbus A320 from the frigid water.
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–Matthew Shechmeister, Wired Magazine
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STEPHEN MALLON is the current President of New York's American Society of Media Photographers. Mallon is also the photographer called to document the work of Weeks Marine, the crane company hired for the salvage of US Airways Flight 1549. That was the flight piloted by "Sully" Sullenberger III, who successfully carried out the plane's emergency ditching onto the Hudson River last January, saving all 155 people aboard.
Mallon's recent exhibition of large scale photographs, Brace for Impact, the Salvage of Flight 1549, were shown at Williamsburg Brooklyn's Front Room Gallery. "Mallon's photos present us with the aftermath of this disaster and remind us how it was averted despite nearly unbeatable odds through the mastery and bravery of the pilot and crew...As the fuselage and engine of the aircraft were later brought up intact by a gigantic crane and a team of divers in heated wetsuits, Stephen Mallon captured the moment standing on the deck of the crane-barge. In Mallon's uncanny photographs the plane sometimes appears to be a metaphorical wounded animal, like a whale lifted completely out of the water. It is damaged, beat up and missing one of its engines, but it nevertheless survives." –Front Room GalleryBrace for Impact, the Salvage of Flight 1549 Dec 3 - 6: VERGE artfair Miami
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