Industrial Photography: The Salvage of Flight 1549 and American Reclamation

Thursday, October 1, 2009  |  3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Stephen Mallon
Event Type: Photography

Join award winning industrial photographer, Stephen Mallon, for a lecture on two significant bodies of work, including “American Reclamation” and “The Salvage of Flight 1549”.  “American Reclamation” chronicles the recycling culture and industry in America, and contains portraits of people, machines, processes and products born from recycling.  It is a haunting, yet beautifully abstract portrayal of rubber processing plants, incinerators, tires, and machinery. “The Salvage of Flight 1549,” documents the aftermath of this unforgettable and extraordinary event, in which Flight 1549 crashed into the Hudson River without a single case of fatality.  As the only photographer with access to the scene of the crash, Stephen has created one of a kind large-scale photographs that have been featured at, Professional Photographer magazine, PDN Pulse,, Artworks magazine,, CBS news and MSNBC.
Spinning off the success of his images, Stephen has turned “The Salvage of Flight 1549” into a photography exhibit at a prominent art gallery in Brooklyn. He’ll discuss the process of getting your own show, from determining the location of your venue, framing your photos, setting your prices, promoting your exhibit, to choosing what kind of wine to serve at the opening. Stephen will also provide advice on how to get started in fine art photography by talking about his own experience with this genre. Lastly, Stephen will discuss his role with ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers), his volunteer work, and his involvement with other not-for-profits, including City Harvest, NY Cares, and Flashes of Hope.
*The Salvage of Flight 1549 will be exhibited at Front Room Gallery, 147 Roebling Street, Brooklyn NY from September 10th – October 11th, with three very special unseen images from the interior of Flight 1549.

Stephen Mallon

In 2009, Mallon made a big splash with “Brace for Impact: The Salvage of Flight 1549,” a series of photographs documenting the salvaging of the US Air flight that airline captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger managed to safely Emergencyland in the Hudson River. The images Mallon produced during his two week effort with Weeks Marine have been in exhibitions around the country and featured on television such as MSNBC, NBC, New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, and CBS News.

In 2010 Stephen’s following solo exhibition “Next Stop Atlantic” was received with great praise from the likes of The New York Times, National Public Radio, GQ, The Atlantic, Fast Company, and GQ. This body of work has been shown at the Look 3 photo festival in Charlottesville, Miami, St. Louis, and Rome. Mallon’s short film about the transportation and installation of the new Willis Avenue Bridge was created from over 30,000 still images. The film “A Bridge Delivered” was reviewed by the Wall St Journal, New York Magazine, GQ, PDN, and WIRED. It was then screened in five festivals in New York, Los Angels and Bristol, England.

His work has been exhibited widely, and he has been commissioned by a wide range of clients, including the New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Sudler & Hennessey, and MAYTAG. Mallon’s photos have been honored by Communication Arts, Photo District News, The New York Photo Festival, the Lucie Awards, International Color Awards, and Photo Lucida’s Critical Mass top 50. He is also a leader in the photo community. Since 2002, he has been a board member of the New York chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers and served as president from 2006 to 2009.

Photo courtesy of David Arkin

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