200611bc_remembrance The consequences of the September 11, 2001, attacks touch millions of lives around the globe in more ways than we can imagine. Even now, five years after the event, remains are still being discovered near the former site of the World Trade Center twin towers.

Undertaken as a personal project, “Remembrance” is a collection of images by New York photographer and instructor Marie Triller, who returns to Ground Zero each year to document the 9.11 memorial service and its attendants. Her images record the anniversaries without bias or romance, reflecting the passage of time and tone as seen in the mourning faces, memorials, ceremony, displays of politics, protest and patriotism, and the signs of rebuilding and regeneration.

“Thousands gather at Ground Zero each year on September 11, crowding around the fences and barricades for solemn hours of remembrance,” says Triller. “To me, they represent millions more who share their grief. My annual pilgrimage to photograph the crowds at the World Trade Center site is my way of creating a collective portrait of all those who mourn the victims of 9/11.”

“Remembrance,” Marie Triller’s documentation of the yearly 9.11 memorial service at Ground Zero, has been exhibited at several institutions including University of California at San Diego, University of Nebraska at Kearney and University of Wyoming at Laramie.

Triller participated in Soho’s landmark Here Is New York exhibition, which chronicled the attacks on the World Trade Center and its aftermath. She also participated in The September 11 Photo Project, also in Soho following the attacks, and now a permanent collection at the New York Public Library in Manhattan.

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