Here is New York
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JIM LEHRER: Finally tonight, after the World Trade Center tragedy in New York City, people found many different ways to show their concerns, offering prayers, contributions, and direct help.
Ray Suarez has the story of one of those responses.
RAY SUAREZ: In an empty storefront on Prince Street in the Soho neighborhood of lower Manhattan– the center of the New York art world– four friends came together to make their own unique contribution to memory and recovery. A writer, Michael Shulan, along with photojournalist Gilles Peress, and photo editor Alice Rose George, and Charles Taub of the School of Visual Arts, started putting photographs of the disaster and its aftermath on the walls. Within days, people crowded into the exhibition called “Here is New York: Images from the Front Line of History.”
MAN: If you don’t mind, I may not end up taking it.
WOMAN: Right. No, that’s fine.
RAY SUAREZ: To date, more than 3,000 images have been donated by more than 500 professional and amateur photographers, and an average of 500 prints a day are being sold for $25, the proceeds going to the Children’s Aid Society 9/11 Fund.
ALICE ROSE GEORGE, Exhibit Organizer: All these people who have had to take pictures in order to, I think, verify that it really happened and to deal with something that seemed unimaginable before. And I think it was a way to say this is real, this really did happen. And it will be used as a tool in memory, but it’s also used as a means of overcoming grief. People come down here, they look at the pictures, and it’s a way of dealing with it.
RAY SUAREZ: Now, a closer look at the exhibit accompanied by music from the singer Enya.