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Brooklyn Fire Escape


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Nancy Siesel

Brooklyn Fire Escape, 2011

Color film, C print,

12 x 12"

Value: $500

*This piece is included in the Opening Night Collection.

Artist Bio:

Nancy Siesel, is a Pulitzer prize winning photojournalist, documentary, fine art photographer, and filmmaker. Her current photography project, "Survivor Portraits and The Echoes of History", is a series of portraits of Holocaust survivors in Brooklyn, with text, and audio of the survivors harrowing stories.This project was partially funded by the Brooklyn Arts Council, and was exhibited to the community at Brooklyn Public Library in 2019.. In January 2020, Survivor Portraits received funding from the Puffin Foundation, and the James Foundation, to support continued research, photography, and future exhibitions.

Nancy is a former staff photographer for the New York Times. Her 2002 Pulitzer Prize winning photograph, part of a group entry for the New York Times depicts the sole surviving fireman in Fire Company 226, embracing the son of a fallen comrade on 9/11. It is a haunting reminder of the emotions of that day and the fleeting and temporal nature of life.

Nancy is currently directing/producing a documentay, "Escape Artists: The Tale of Mike and Freddie". In 2021 "Escape Artists" "received funding from Brooklyn Arts Council, and New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA), and will be completed later this year.