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Book Compiles Photographers' IPhone Shots During Sandy

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As the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, a group of photographers is putting together a compilation of their work covering the storm. NY1's Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.

As Hurricane Sandy surged, photographers captured the fury.

"We started out in DUMBO, and I was standing on Jay Street right next to the power transformers, and you can see the water just overlapping over, like little blue electricity arching over the transformers, and then you just saw this big explosion, and all the lights in Manhattan went down," said photographer Benjamin Lowy. "We were basically standing there and we saw all of lower Manhattan go out."

Benjamin Lowy is one of 20 professional photographers whose work is featured in a new book to be released for the anniversary of the storm. It's called #Sandy. All of the pictures were taken by iPhone.

"The beauty was that we became a source of information," said photographer Wyatt Gallery. "Before it needed to be published by a magazine or anything like that, the photographer was uploading the photos in the moment."

For two weeks, the photographers spent much of their time on Staten Island, in Brooklyn and in the Rockaways shooting the destruction. Photographer Ruddy Roye described the shot seen at right for NY1.

"In front of the homes was this Madonna, and she was burnt," he said. "But there was something beautiful about the fact that she wasn't destroyed. That gave the people of Breezy Point hope that they could rebuild. And I think that one picture stayed with me because it made me feel like there was always hope."

The scene and people were making an impact.

"Her and her husband were searching through the house, trying to find these old family photos, and the police were there screaming at them to get out of the house, and they just refused to leave the house until they found these photos," said one photographer.

The book contains 115 pictures and will be published by Daylight Books. There's an online fundraising campaign until Friday to cover production costs. All proceeds from sales will go to Occupy Sandy to help rebuild homes.

The only way to get the book for the anniversary is to buy it online. Otherwise, it'll be in stores at a later date.

For more information, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/sandy-iphone-photography-book.

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