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Photojournalist dies in World Trade Center attack  
Sunday, September 16, 2001 | by
A distraught Chip East notes that his friend, New York freelance photographer Bill Biggart, was identified Saturday as one of the victims of the terrorist attack at the World Trade Center in New York last week. Says East:

Bill has a huge family, of which many are already in town. They have gathered together as a typical Irish family to mourn his loss. He will be greatly missed. Services have not been planned yet, but will develop over the next few days. I will keep everyone posted.

He was likely killed with a large group of firemen he was with after the first building at the World Trade Center came down. The family sees a silver lining by at least being able to know he has been identified, and they can now go on to grieve.

(Bill's wife) Wendy wants to thank all of the photo community for the kind calls and prayers. She has been surprised at how many people have reached out over the past four days; which she described as "pure hell."

She summed up the family's thoughts by saying, "Bill was kind of an ornery guy, and luckily, he went out doing what he loved.... and, it took two of the world's largest buildings to do it."

For the past year, Biggart, 53, had volunteered his time to try to keep independent NYC photo agency Impact Visuals afloat. A September 14 story in Photo District News has more on Biggart (note that it was pblished prior to the identification of his body), as well as a powerful photo of photographer David Handschuh. Handschuh's leg was broken by the force of the blast when the first of the twin towers collapsed Tuesday.

The groups Editorial Photographers, Advertising Photographers of America and American Society of Media Professionals have established a relief fund "to provide much needed support to photo industry professionals and their families who have been injured or killed in this tragic event." Donations may be made by credit card or cheque; for more information, see the Editorial Photographers' web site.

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