New York Photo Review
NYPR Archives - 2010

Stephan Mallon
Brace for Impact: the aftermath of flight 1549

At the one-year anniversary of the crash landing of Flight 1549 into the Hudson River, New York, Stephen Mallon presents large scale yet intimate images of the wreckage of the plane as it is hauled from the icy waters.

Having seen some of these images at an earlier exhibit during the summer at Front Room Gallery, I can say this new venue does not dilute the images although it is my second viewing, but instead very much enhances the large-scale photographs. Most images are printed 30”x45” and some are even larger. The subject matter marries best at this larger scale and the Calumet studio allows for the needed breathing room.

Mallon gives an insider’s view to the destruction caused by this “Havoc on the Hudson” all caused by a flock of geese. His imagery creates a living and wounded animal feeling to the airplane, especially in his photograph titled “She’s Looking at You” a night shot of the front of the plane tethered and hovering over icy waters. I get personal chills when viewing the interior shots of the plane’s destruction. One in particular “Exit Row” conjures this feeling of creepy déjà vu as I think to myself that I have many times walked down that same airplane isle. I wonder also, what would I do in this situation? Would I have the same good head on my shoulders as Sully did?

This show goes through the end of January and I would sincerely suggest you make the trip to Calumet to check out a piece of New York history and what will sure to be an incident made for trivial pursuit.

Stephan Mallon
Brace for Impact: the aftermath of flight 1549

Calumet Photographic
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Friday, January 15 to
Friday, January 29, 2010
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