CT photographer captures American flag to remember 9/11


After the attacks of September 11, 2001, the artist Robert Carley went in search of Stars and Stripes with his tried and tested Nikon camera, a model from 1979.

WATERBURY, Connecticut – The exhibition is called ‘After 9/11, Robert Carley’s American Journey’ and is a series of photographs depicting the conquest of America by displaying the American flag in as many media as possible.

There are barns with stars and stripes, trucks, even trees with a flag motif – the exhibition is in a gallery in the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury.

After the attacks of September 11th, the artist Robert Carley went in search of Stars and Stripes with his tried and tested Nikon camera, a model from 1979.

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“I’ve been taking flag photos since September 2001,” said Carley from Darien.

Carley estimates he has taken flag pictures from front yards to back streets in 45 states to date.

“America showed its resilience after 9/11 and I just wanted to do my part and as an artist I turned to photography,” he added.

Carley estimates that he has captured thousands, if not 10,000, still images of flags over the years. The most valuable pictures are now in a new book called Liberated – Liberated from the flagpole.

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Stephanie Harris, chief experience officer at the Mattatuck Museum, said many people at the exhibit are talking about their memories and where they were on September 11th.

“It’s a really great exhibition, to bring to light the hope that has grown for the country after this tragic experience,” added Harris.

Carley said he hoped he could bring strength through simple stills.

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“I want this exhibition to help people remember 20 years ago. It is human nature to forget, but I want this exhibition to inspire people to remember them and never forget them. ”

The exhibition “After 9/11, Robert Carley’s American Journey” runs until September 12 at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury.

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