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What do you do with ten tons of framed, larger-than-life size prints that require climate-controlled storage? That was the dilemma posed by Faces of Ground Zero, photographer Joe McNally’s series of giant instant-film portraits of Ground Zero first responders and site workers. Created in Manhattan’s “room-sized” Polaroid studio in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, this powerful and historically important body of work consists of 246 portraits, many of which have been exhibited in New York City and around the world. (The work was also published in a Life book of the same name, the proceeds from which were donated to affected schools in lower Manhattan.)