The Photographer

Doug Potoksky is an eclectic, driven and compassionate man from Westen Massachusetts who found himself inspired to volunteer his services during the aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. With his camera in tow he set out to cook for the masses, but the journey led him instead to capture the poignant images now available in American Heart 9/11 Tenth Anniversary A Remembrance

They simultaneously document the photographer’s own personal journey during this tumultuous aftermath and his desire to kindle a closeness of connection to these subtle acts of human compassion, both as an artist and as someone working through the emotional minefield of this chaotic time. As a result, Doug preserves a complex moment in human history and in his own life as well. His work safeguards the memory of the technicolor flower-strewn and candle wax-stained grounds of Union Square punctuated with messages of peace and solidarity received from across the nation and the globe.

– Alexandra Drakakis,
Assistant Curator of Collections  at the 9/11 Memorial Museum

Mr.Potoksky has already contributed over 26 photographs to the American History Photo Collection in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. One of the photgraphs is being used as the Official Dedication Photo for the 9/11 exhibit.

He has selflessly given hours of his time, thousands of dollars and countless photographs toward this project. He has given away thousands of photo postcards and the image hung proudly in New York City at Penn Station Terminal, seen by hundreds of thousands of vistors every day, for seven years.