I don't even remember how I got the photograph in the first place, as I obtained it at some point during my "brain tumor years", which of course makes the search that much more difficult, but I am desperate to find this photographer. It is very important to me to find this copyright holder because I need to find out what s/he would want in order to grant me the rights to use a slightly altered version of it for the project that has become my life's obsession. There simply is NO other shot that could possibly be as perfect for my needs than this amazing photograph.
The search has been going on for almost a year now, since shortly after the brain surgery, and so far I haven't been successful, but I'm still hopeful.
At first I didn't even know where the photo had been taken from, even though that unique statue made it a remarkably identifiable spot. I could tell that the shot was likely taken from New Jersey or somewhere else across the river from lower Manhattan, but the statue was unknown to me, so a good amount of time was taken up just trying to find that. Little by little, slowly but surely, I kept plodding along trying to find more information that could lead me to the photographer of this remarkable photograph.
Then using information that I literally received in a dream, I finally found the statue...
|Actually...I think this shot is also amazing|
In April - May 1940 almost 22,000 Polish doctors, lawyers, teachers, priests, police officers, writers, journalists and other public servants as well as members of the Polish military were rounded up by Stalin's forces, marched into the Katyn Forest and executed.
|Nazi poster calling Katyn "the forest of the dead"|
Incredibly moved by this story, this new information just made the picture that much MORE perfect for my needs and simply intensified my obsession with finding the creator of this photograph.
Now that I had the name of the statue, I had a better search phrase to use in my hunt to seek out the photographer of the shot I needed.
Eventually I found a few very similar shots and started sending off letters to the credited photographers in the hopes that one of them was the photographer I was looking for.
One of the photos was by a photographer named George Draney in Washington, New Jersey. Clearly Mr. Draney was at the same location at ROUGHLY the same time. However, his credited shot was obviously taken a bit later than the one I was looking for and from a slightly different angle. In the shot I'm so obsessed with the South Tower is just starting to collapse and the North Tower is burning, but still standing...in his the North Tower had just collapsed as well, leaving just the smoke.
|George Draney Photography|