08/07/09 168 W, 1 I - + 8 - 9 New York in the Eighties

For your Friday enjoyment, let's hop into the wayback machine. Or, if you prefer, the cross-dimensional machine, since the world of FDNY is its own reality. These were found on the Firehouse forums, as well as from a reader. FDNYs Bravest, photography by Michael Dick. He's a professional photographer who dedicated seven years to shooting the FDNY, concentrating on Harlem and the South Bronx, and creating some 5,000 color slides in the process. Many were reproduced in black-and-white his book New York's Bravest, Their Lives on the Line, which was published in 1987. He's released some images on a new web site, and which appear for the first time in color. Wow is an appropriate reaction, and particularly from the perspective of the photographer. Talk about embedded! There's even a shot seemingly shot on an active roof! Great stuff, warts, victims, and all. Hope he posts more. Note the web site address contains an "s". FDNYsBRAVEST.

I wonder how such strong images would play today, in this Internet age, with insta-comments from readers, sensitivities to privacy, and media members ready to swoop down on anything they deem untoward? Mind you, I am utterly unfamiliar with what’s shot and posted from FDNY in present day. Maybe it’s the same sort of stuff?
Legeros - 08/07/09 - 07:55

Some pretty amazing pictures.
H2O - 08/07/09 - 10:18

Silver - 08/07/09 - 13:29

It seems the fire service has made great strides in PPE by looking at their turn-outs (jeans with pull-up boots and coat). I wonder what people 20 years from now will say about the photos that are taken today?
Jones - 08/07/09 - 16:14

I am a former retired NYC fireman, spent 33yrs on the greatest job in the world. I am trying to find Michael Dicks book to no avail.Does anyone know where I can purchase one, thanks!
Lt. Bill Bessman-FDNY Retired (Email) - 01/28/10 - 12:01

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