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

Stephen Mallon is an award winning industrial photographer and President of ASMPNY, the largest chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers, a not-for-profit that supports commercial and fine art photography from around the world. Stephen is based in New York, and has photographed from Africa to New Jersey, searching out artificial landscapes and industrial foot prints for assignment and exhibitions. His work has been published and commissioned by Forbes, Microsoft, AECOM, Unisys, Qatar Airlines, Canon Beijing, Simon and Schuster, Vogue, Flashes of Hope, Citigroup, and many others. Recent awards have included honorable mention at the New York Photo Festival, ASMP national leadership award, best of ASMP, Communication Arts Photo Annual, and recently a Lucie award for his acclaimed body of work, The Salvage of Flight 1549.

Stephen took his first photograph with his father's camera, and has embraced a wide range of equipment ever since. Starting with the Kodak instant to a Kodak disc camera, then a Canon ae-1, Canon t-90, Rolleiflex, Bronica, Sinar, Hasselblad, Toyo and now back to Canon. In 1996 he earned his BFA from RIT, and spent four years assisting photographers Timothy Greenfield Sanders, Mark Seliger, Hashi, as well as others. Stephen works out of Manhattan and lives in Brooklyn with his wife Sascha and his 2 yr old daughter Joesephine, who is the star of his life.

Photo courtesy of David Arkin

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