On June 3, 2011 we had the rare opportunity to meet with Karl Koch III. His family’s company erected and provided the steel for the Twin Towers – what was to become the WTC Steel Artifacts we have been filming for almost a year now.
Karl met with Kevin O’Connell for the first time that day along with photographer, Stuart McCallum. Kevin had worked for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey during the building of the World Trade Center. As a hobby he had photographed the steel and the unusual “kangaroo” cranes used to to lift the steel during his lunch hour over the course of four years. Stuart McCallum recently printed the black and white photos for him for the first time. Everyone met at Karl’s friend John Alonso’s company, Graphics for Steel Structures, Inc and Kiwi S. Kalloo of Kiwi Steel Corporation also joined us.
The shoot was filled with very interesting technical discussions of the WTC Steel as well as heart-breaking reminiscing of the days of building the Twin Towers that fell so tragically on September 11th, 2001.
Screen shots from the documentary, The Art of Memories, currently in production:
Karl Koch III wrote a fascinating book in 2002 called Men of Steel, The Story of the Family that Built the World Trade Center.
Photographer Stuart McCallum discussing meeting Kevin O’Connell seen here in the background.
Karl looks at the never before seen photos of the Twin Towers being built. In the photo from left to right is Kiwi S. Kalloo, John Alonso, Kevin O’Connell and Stuart McCallum.
John Alonso listening to Kevin O’Connell discuss photographing the Twin Towers during his lunch break.
Karl brought in a piece of the main hoist cable used in the construction of the WTC.