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Museum Memorializes Ground Zero Recovery Effort Through Photographs

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With the anniversary of 9/11 approaching, a small museum in the Meatpacking District pays tribute in photographs to the Ground Zero recovery effort. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.

The elaborate 9/11 memorial museum at Ground Zero is planning to open in Spring 2014.

For the past eight years though, a more unassuming tribute has been drawing tourists a few miles north.

The Ground Zero Museum Workshop features 100 images and artifacts as seen through the eyes of photographer Gary Suson during the eight month recovery period.

"I was more day-to-day down in the trenches with the men and women and documenting upfront the honor guards and the more intimate, private moments that would unfold each day," Suson says.

The two hour self-guided audio tour is given in four different languages, accompanied by authentic sound effects.

The English version is narrated by Suson himself.

"I think the photograph of Jack Tipping carrying his son out of Ground Zero in the spring of 2002 is a very emotional image," Suson says. "Photography of firefighter Oscar Garcia with eyes closed looking up at the sky, that's a very special image for me. Other images, such as the frozen clock, that's an important, iconic image from 9/11."

A chunk of fuselage on display from American Airlines Flight 11, the first airplane to strike the towers, is also very moving.

While there is ample room for emotion in this tight space, tours are limited to 20 to 25 people on each.

"The uniqueness I guess of knowing that someone, who was so close to it, can bring the emotion back to the public," says Australian tourist Norman Schroeder.

No graphic images are presented, making the tour family-friendly.

The proceeds go to 9/11 charities.

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