Author Jim McGovern takes Readers on a Harrowing Visual Journey

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“Dust Messages” captures in photographs the September 11 tragedy.

Jim McGovern invites readers to revisit the remnants of one of the most tumultuous events in the history of the United States. A striking visual journey, Dust Messages depicts in photographs what happened on September 11, 2001.

The collection of images will challenge readers to look beyond statistical data and journalistic accounts of that fateful day and, instead, see it as a moment of personal loss, a confounding instance of grief and helplessness. “Dust Messages” is more than a series of photographs that feature entanglements of metal and concrete reduced to rubble; it is a harrowing glimpse into the individual stories that further intensify the consequence of the situation. Jim McGovern preserved a significant moment of history but most of all he has captured in pictures the pain, shock and anger that resonate beyond the concrete ruins and perhaps from the heart of the viewer.

Dust Messages is a stirring and painful photographic journey through one of the darkest days of American history. But more than a historical account, it is a profound visual experience that readers should not miss.

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About the Author

Jim McGovern is a native of New Orleans and has lived in New York City where he met and married his wife, Catherine. He currently lives in the San Francisco area and continues to work in the disaster recovery industry as an insurance adjuster. For the last 27 years he has worked in most every major disaster in the US as a volunteer, recovery worker, and as a damage assessment expert. He worked at ground zero for six months following the 9/11 tragedy and has captured never- before- seen photos of hand written memorials in the dust. These images portray pain, hope, and inspiration for all to witness.

Dust Messages * by Jim McGovern
The Missing Memorials From 9-11
Publication Date: August 23, 2011
Picture Book; $51.99; 88 pages; 978-1-4653-4589-9
Picture Book Hard Cover; $61.99; 88 pages; 978-1-4653-5552-2

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