Since the advent of 9/11, global campaigns drove the "NEVER FORGET" mantra that defined the voice of our post-attack era. This mission of public awareness covered headlines from political, social, educational and news platforms. For this crusade to capture the minds of the global witness, messengers used FILM, VIDEO and PHOTOGRAPHY to spread the thousand-words cemented by history and shared with lightning speed throughout today's digital audiences.
The First Responders Cancer Resource (formerly 9/11 CancerScan) published countless feature articles on prevention, early detection and reports about occupational health disorders within the fire service- in response to the rising cases of cancer from the WTC attacks. Thanks to the historical archives of the 9/11 World Trade Center Memorial and Museum, we gained exclusive access to some of the most remarkable works by photographers like KEVIN COUGHLIN (Pulitzer Prize-sharing photojournalist), ROBERTO RABANNE and ANDREA BOOHER - whose timeless photographs continue to grace the many pages of 9/11 related historical presentations. These images greatly fostered first hand experiences of the rescue service community during that time.
Many are part of the fire service, capturing dramatic visual records of each fire call, while others. In our updated feature, we will be showcasing the works of our first recent "firefighter lensman" Mr. BEN SALADINO, resident case photographer for the Bedford Fire Dept. in Bedford, TX.
"As long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with the fire service. I suspect some of that comes from watching the TV show, Emergency! when I was growing up. I also love bicycling, and ended up working in the bicycle industry instead of the fire service. However, since my teenage years, I’ve listened to first responders on radio scanners. Somewhere along the way, I got into photography, and started photographing fire apparatus. I started my website D/FW Fire Equipment News to share my photos and information about new fire apparatus in the area. Eventually, I managed to form some good relationships with the local fire departments and was granted access to fire scenes to photograph. I’ve truly enjoyed the opportunities in recent years to help document the work of first responders, especially in the fire service. I realize that many events I photograph are very tragic for the victims and first responders, but I hope that good may still come from my photos for training, history, public education, and more."