the reportage illustrator’s contribution

This morning I had the pleasure of chatting with Professor Fred Lynch, of the Rhode Island School of Design, about my drawings documenting 9/11/2001, as well as the art of reportage illustration. We spoke of things both serious and light, and of how artists can contribute to the collection of history in unique and emotional ways. The interview was hosted by the University of Fine Arts, Lisbon on Instagram Live.

You can view the recording on their Instagram account @fbaul.

Also posted on the @fbaul page is my contribution to their 5 Minutes of Drawing video series, in which I discuss the events of 9/11/2001 and show the drawings I did to document that day, and the days that followed, in New York City.

Sometimes we find ourselves in situations we’d never imagined or wished for, and we can only respond as artists with honesty and passion. I hope that those drawings I made 20 years ago can unlock the reality of the experience for the next generation, so that indeed, we never forget.


I’ve gathered my 9/11 drawings in a book titled: September 11, 2001: Words and Pictures, available on Amazon.

Any personal proceeds I may receive from this book are donated to the New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation, in memory of Carl Bedigian.


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