"Man On Wire" Philippe Petit. Feb. 2009.

Yesterday I photographed Philippe Petit, the famed French wire-walker who stunned the world in 1974 by walking across a tightrope wire strung between the yet uncompleted World Trade Center towers in lower Manhattan. The documentary film based on his feat, “Man On Wire” is up for an Academy Award this year. He was really gracious and a true pro, posing for me in his practice barn, which he’s dubbed “The Smallest Theater in the World.” That’s why I (still) love this business; you never know what opportunities the day will bring. (I’ll post a few photos from the assignment after the story runs in a few weeks to coincide with the Academy Awards and his upcoming book signing tour.) -cg.

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