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Rye Photographer's Work on Display at 9/11 Memorial Museum

Photojournalist Lester J. Millman, who is also a Rye volunteer firefighter, has photographed the World Trade Center site for more than 10 years.

Exit Ground Zero, by Lester J. Millman. Photo credit: Lester J. Millman
Exit Ground Zero, by Lester J. Millman. Photo credit: Lester J. Millman
A haunting photograph taken by Lester J. Millman is on permanent display at the newly opened 9/11 Memorial Museum at Ground Zero.  

Millman, a Rye resident, is an award-winning photojournalist and Rye volunteer firefighter, who accompanied then Governor George E. Pataki to the World Trade Center site in the first hours after the terrorists brought down the buildings, according to a release from Millman. 

The photograph on display is of Pataki and his staff as they walked through the ash and darkness, south on Rt. 9.

"There should have been big buildings in the background, but they were gone in the terror attack," said Millman in a statement.

The image appears in the museum's "time line," according to Millman, and is "the last image of that terrible day." Millman has photographed the World Trade Center site for more than 10 years and uses his pictures in lectures on the event and its aftermath.

According to a release, Millman has covered two wars, seven United States Presidents, many terrorist attacks and countless stories of daily life. His work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and other news publications nationally and internationally.

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