Happy Birthday To Westport’s Joe McNally

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Joe McNally  turns 62 on Sunday.
Joe McNally turns 62 on Sunday.

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Westport’s Joe McNally!


Joe McNally, who has owned a home in Westport, turns 62 on Sunday. The photographer was born July 27, 1952, in Montclair, New Jersey.

From 1994 until 1998 Joe McNally was LIFE magazine's staff photographer, the first one in 23 years. His most well known series was the "Faces of Ground Zero — Portraits of the Heroes of September 11th," a collection of 246 giant Polaroid portraits shot in the Moby C Studio near ground zero in a three-week period shortly after 9/11.
McNally has contributed to the National Geographic magazine for 20 years. One of his photographic projects for the magazine was "The Future of Flying," a 32-page cover story, published in December 2003, commemorating the centennial observance of the Wright brothers' flight.
This story was the first all-digital shoot for the magazine. This issue was a National Magazine Award Finalist, and one of the magazine’s most popular covers.
McNally has shot cover stories for Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, Geo, Fortune, New York, Business Week, LIFE and Men’s Journal, among others.
His advertising, marketing and promotional work includes FedEx, Nikon, Sony, Land's End, General Electric,  MetLife, Bogen, Adidas, Kelby Media Group, Wildlife Conservation Society, Epson, and American Ballet Theatre.
He has published three books: "The Moment It Clicks" in 2008, "The Hotshoe Diaries" in 2009 and "Sketching Light" in 2011. He's known for heavy usage of CLS and Speedlight.
McNally has received the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for magazine photography and has been honored by Pictures of the Year International, World Press Photo, and the Art Directors Club. He also has been recognized by the magazines Photo District News, American Photo, Applied Arts magazine, Communication Arts, and Graphis Inc.

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