Monroe Gallery of Photography
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Joe McNally

Girl in Doorway, New Delhi, 1999
Girl in Doorway, Mumbai, 1999

The exhibit features more than 45 photographs from Joe McNally’s remarkable career that has spanned more than 30 years and included assignments in 60 countries. Joe was the last staff photographer in the history of LIFE magazine, sharing a legacy with his heroes and mentors—Carl Mydans, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Gordon Parks, John Loengard—who forever influenced and shaped his work. McNally won the first Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Journalistic Impact for a LIFE coverage titled, “The Panorama of War.” His prints are in numerous collections, most significantly the National Portrait Gallery of the United States and National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

McNally is often described as a generalist because of his ability to execute a wide range of assignment work, and was listed at one point by American Photo as one of the “100 Most Important People in Photography” and described by the magazine as “perhaps the most versatile photojournalist working today.” His expansive career has included being an ongoing contributor to the National Geographic - shooting numerous cover stories and highly complex, technical features for the past 25 years; a contract photographer for Sports Illustrated; as well as shooting cover stories for TIME, Newsweek, Fortune, New York, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine.

McNally’s 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 historic, compelling, life-size (9’ x 4’) photos were exhibited in seven cities in 2002, and seen by almost a million people.

A sought-after workshop instructor and lecturer, he has taught at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshop, the Eddie Adams Workshop, the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian Institution, the Annenberg Space for Photography, Rochester Institute of Technology, the Disney Institute, and the U.S. Department of Defense. He received his bachelor’s and graduate degrees from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and returns there to lecture on a regular basis. Recently, he was named as a Nikon USA Ambassador, an honor which has a special reverence for him, as he bought his first Nikon camera in 1973, and for forty years, from the deserts of Africa to the snows of Siberia, he has seen the world through those cameras.



Future of Flying: X-47A Pegasus Drone, China Lake, NAWS, 2003

Changing Light Bulb, Empire State Building, New York, 2001

Blue Angels 360 Roll, 2003



Alone in the Woods, Mikhail Gorbachev, Moscow, 1998

Phan Thi Kim Phuc – The Napalm Girl, 25 Years Later, 1995

Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, 1996



Diver Russ Bertram, 1996

Rooftop Ballerina (Nadia Gracheva, Prima Ballerina), Bolshoi Ballet, Red Square, Moscow, 1997

Bolshoi Ballerina Tenement, Downtown Moscow, 1997



Ballerina Summer Palace, Beijing

Goldman Sachs Building, Lower Manhattan, 2010

Yellowstone - Walkway in the Fog, 2006



Refugee Girl after the Genocide, Rwanda, 1997

Donald Blake, 2010

Ballerina Jenifer Ringer with Ladder #9, Engine 33, 2011



Ballerina on Jeepney, Manila, Philippines, 2013

Bus Rider, Copper Canyon, Mexico, 1988

Corridor, Ellis Island, 1989



Abandoned, Ellis Island, 1989

Market Scene, India, 1999

Girl in Doorway, Mumbai, 1999



NYC Marathon, 1999

Woman at Home, Kabul, Afghanistan, 1997

Jazz Legends, LIFE, 1997



Refugee Camp, Rwanda, 1997

Feet of Paloma Herrera, ABT, 1996

Diana Ross - Central Park Concert, 1983



Carpenter Hands, Ellis Island Reconstruction, 1989

George Lucas - Star Wars, 1998

Crutches, Ellis Island, 1989



Michelle Yeoh, Hollywood Sign, 1998

Peering into Space, NASA, 2008

Stargazing, New Mexico, 1999



Ironman Triathlon, Hawaii, 1999

Shane Hamman, Olympic Heavyweight Lifter, Leaping, 1999

Subway Fears, NYC, 1985



Home-Plate Dust-up with "Sweet Lou" Piniella and Ron Luciano, 1978

Dana Carvey, NYC subway, 1992

Return of the Hostages, 1981



Death of Jim Henson, Muppets, 1990

Water Polo Boys, 1996

Chechen Children in Ruins of their Home, 1997



Land-Mine Victims, 1997

Lower East Side Artist "Poppo," 1985

Louie Cacchioli, FDNY, Engine 47, 2001



Harry Davis, FDNY, Squad #18, 2001

Tony Bennett, 2006

Trachoma Victim, Tanzania, 1991



View from Top of Burj Khalifa, Dubai, 2013

Lawrence Livermore Labs (white suit), California, 2011

Lawrence Livermore Labs (green light), California, 2011



Joe Self-Portrait from Empire State Building, 2001

Jenifer Ringer, 2000

Rudy Giuliani, 2001



Jan Demczur, 2001

Joe Hodges, 2001

Billy Ryan and Mike Morrissey, 2001



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