- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 10, 2002

Construction worker Art Parry paused on the Ellipse yesterday and stared up in disbelief at the image projected onto an 18-foot screen.

It was a picture of people running out of the Pentagon to escape the smoke and fire of the September 11 terrorist attack on the military office building.

"I was right there," said Mr. Parry, pointing where he and a crew of construction workers secured the Pentagon for rebuilding months later.

The photo is one of more than 5,000 chronicling the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in a traveling exhibit titled "Here is New York: A Democracy of Photographs." A portion of the exhibit will be on display at the Ellipse from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. until Thursday.

Organizers of the exhibit said they want people to see September 11 through the eyes of as many people as possible.

Getting people such as Mr. Parry to reflect on how the terrorist attacks affected them is one of the goals of the exhibit, which consists of pictures donated from professional and amateur photographers, said Jackie Bennett, who helped produce the display.

One of the most important reasons for the photographic collection one of two currently on display in the District is that it allows onlookers to study the photographs without hearing explanations, Miss Bennett said. "Me looking at it, it's just not as much about the terrorists," she said. "You just kind of appreciate being alive."

More than 3,000 photographers contributed their work to the exhibit, which is on display in part at the Corcoran Gallery of Art until Nov. 11. Other galleries in 25 cities around the country also are displaying the pictures.

"I'm glad people thought to take pictures of people rather than just what was happening," D.C. sightseer Signe Sheldon said of the collection.

Fiona Fraser, who was visiting Washington from Scotland, said she appreciated the exhibit being set up in the city because she hadn't seen as much attention given to the Pentagon as to the World Trade Center, adding that the photographs are "tasteful" and "thought-provoking."

"I think to a large extent, you don't hear as much about the Pentagon," said Miss Fraser.

Looking at the pictures and thinking about where he was on the morning of September 11, Mr. Parry said he was working at the Treasury Department when the hijacked airliner was crashed into the Pentagon.

"It brings back a lot of memories just a lot of pain," he said of the photographs.

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