About Gary Suson
  Ground Zero Museum Workshop was founded in 2005 by Gary Suson, who served as the Official Photographer at Ground Zero for the Uniformed Firefighter's Association (FDNY). While helping sick 9/11 firefighters get free holistic health care in November 2001, he was discovered by Rudy Sanfilippo, the Manhattan Trustee for the Uniformed Firefighter's Association. Suson was invited into Ground Zero by Sanfilippo and the Fire Union to document the "Recovery Period" so 9/11 families would have a visual record of the respect with which their loved one's remains were being treated. Mr. Suson's activities and photographic documentation were also monitored by FDNY Chief of Department Daniel A. Nigro,who ran operations at Ground Zero. Mr. Suson spent 7 months, 19 hours per day documenting every area and aspect of cleanup operations at WTC. He secured $10,000.00 in bank loans to finance the mammoth project. He was given strict rules by the Union, which included not to photographic human remains, not to sell or release the images until the "Recovery" had ended and that if ever substantial funds were raised as a result of the images, that those funds would be forever shared with 9/11 and FDNY charities.
In the Spring of 2002, at the end of the Recovery, Mr. Suson was given permission by the Fire Union to release his images to the media. He was given a letter of introduction for the media, signed by both fire union presidents, Peter Gorman and Kevin Gallagher, praising him for his photographic work at Ground Zero and stating that the Fire Union had placed him in Ground Zero to shoot on their behalf. The New York Times was the first news organization to release Suson's images, which they called "Rare Photos." His images were then featured world wide on CNN, SKY, BBC, ABC and FOX News. Book offers quickly followed and in September, 2002, Barnes & Noble Publishing released his 200-page coffee table book, "Requiem: Images of Ground Zero." Shortly thereafter, FDNY Headquarters in Brooklyn awarded Mr. Suson the rare appointment of "FDNY Honorary Battalion Chief" for his solidarity with the Fire Department and work at Ground Zero. He was appointed in a special ceremony by FDNY Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta. Working 7 months at Ground Zero full-time took its physical toll with Mr. Suson developing chronic COPD and severe PTSD. He was ruled disabled by the US Department of Justice 9/11 VCF Board in 2004 and awarded funds to pay for his ongoing medical costs.


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