SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – As the 20th anniversary of September 11 approaches, a local festival honors the local heroes who helped on that fateful day, putting the finishing touches to a photo exhibition on that day.
New York photographer Martha Cooper has been invited to present her work at Wide Open Walls, the annual street art festival in Sacramento.
READ MORE: 2 shot at Shell gas station in Stockton
“I had in fact made a book called RIP Memorial Wall Art before 9/11 and I had traveled all over town photographing memorials, ”Cooper said.
When planes crashed into the Twin Towers, Cooper decided to continue the work by commemorating the memorials.
“Every little neighborhood had a memorial and some of the memorials,” she said.
Inside the warehouse called A Space In Between in downtown Sacramento are photos of the Wall of the Missing where families have posted articles about their missing loved ones and a dedicated space for children’s art photos. .
Each child has been affected in different ways, with some even writing letters to firefighters who spent months there.
READ MORE: The week ahead to bring fall weather, rain risks to Sacramento
“I spent a lot of time underground,” said Sacramento Deputy Fire Chief Chris Costamagna.
Costamagna was part of the urban search and rescue team sent to assist with recovery efforts. They sent photos of the efforts. Cooper didn’t shoot them but wanted them included. Costamagna was grateful.
“We lost a lot of people that day, over 3,000 people, 343 firefighters that day and 200 firefighters since. And two other people have been identified this week, ”said Costamagna.
New York muralist Hector Nazario, alias Nicer, also participated in the exhibition. He has known the cooper for decades.
“When she told us about the visuals she had inside, we were like – we wanted to pay tribute to the firefighters,” he said.
NO MORE NEWS: Irish pub De Vere serves last call in downtown Sacramento
They paint a picture of public servants doing what they do best during one of the worst times in our country’s history.