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Philippe Petit’s Twin Towers Wire Walk Gets 3-D IMAX Treatment

Well..’Man on Wire‘ was a damn good movie. I recommend it to anyone who hasn’t seen it.

But now, Robert Zemeckis is creating some ‘artificial vertigo’ by making “THE WALK” and in 3D Imax.

Let’s see what comes of this million dollar extravaganza.
The movie, which is also based on Petit’s book, co-stars Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, and James Badge Dale, and will be released in October of 2015.
Here is a sneak peak!

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40th Anniversary of Philippe Petit’s Highwire walk on the WTC

With the upcoming release of Robert Zemeckis’ 3D – IMAX film “THE WALK” I decided to repost this Anniversary post!
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Having spent many months with Philippe Petit taking photographs in preparation of the August 7th high wire walk I have put together a few images to celebrate the 40th Anniversary.

WTCFinalPetit and I rented a helicopter to photograph the towers from a higher prospective than being on the roof.

WTC2redoOn many occasions when Philippe would come to NYC we would ‘sneak up’ the back stairwell and climb the 110 flights. I was able to get a great shot looking down from the top of the WTC.

WTC4redoDuring our  visits to the top Philippe would make time to sit on the edge of the building and reflect on the distance and height that he would traverse on August 7th, 1974.

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A Tribute to the World Trade Center — Pre 9/11 Remembrances

I like to think about the World Trade Center pre 9/11.

I always liked the design and look of the towers unlike many other NY’ers.

Photograph I took from a helicopter during the construction of the buildings. (Circa June 1974)

Another view of the still unfinished WTC towers from the helicopter.

Having been part of the Philippe Petit WTC exploratory team I visited the North and South towers many times thru the back stairwell.

Climbing 110 flights and then documenting the roof of the two towers for possible ‘rigging’ connections for Philippe’s clandestine walk.

One one of the first trips we did to the towers I took many photographs of Philippe.

Philippe Petit sitting under one of the ibeams on the North Tower of the WTC.

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9/11

I can’t forget the day 9/11 happened. I was working on the West Side Highway about 15 blocks north of the tower.

I ran out of my work place to see the second plane hit the tower and watched both of them collapse. It was a very insane moment.

Hundreds, if not thousands of people were rushing up the Westside Highway trying to escape the turmoil and chaos of the event.

Having walked up the back stairwell of both towers on numerous trips I couldn’t comprehend the disaster in front of my eyes at that moment.

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But back to 1974.

Philippe would fly into New York for planning his proposed walk and we would meet up and plan a visit to the towers.

One of of these many trips we made to the top of the buildings  Philippe stopped on one of the floors and marked on the still unpainted sheet rock a drawing of his ‘high-wire’ walks that he had done and of course the one he was about to do!

Philippe Petit with his drawing on the wall of Syndney Harbor Bridge, Notre Dame and WTC.

This and other photographs that I took of Philippe before he walked on the wire were used in the Oscar winning Doc MAN ON WIRE.

Here is a seldom seen newscast from that special day in August 1974.

 

 

For more photographs from the film and others taken during that period check out my website here

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Here is a photograph taken of me doing a handstand on the edge of the North Tower with uptown Manhattan in the background.

Photograph by Philippe Petit of Jim Moore doing handstand on edge of North Tower.

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For more of the story about Philippe Petit’s highwire adventure you can read his book “To Reach The Clouds’ which was later republished as

MAN ON WIRE

One of his other books which is a wonderful treatise on Highwire is “On the Highwire“. A collector’s item nowaday.

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Performing Arts Photography Variety Arts

Handstand on the World Trade Center

While I was doing some research photography on top of the South tower of the World Trade Center (for his upcoming coup) I got Philippe to hold my camera while I did a handstand on the edge. I wasn’t really afraid of this as I had my handstand down and I am not afraid of heights. It was an amazing moment to be on the NY’s tallest building and be doing a handstand on the edge of the roof. No one was around and it was a serene and tranquil moment. The photographs that I took that day became the documentation that was eventually used in the Oscar winning documentary Man on Wire.

Jim Moore doing handstand on top of the World Trade Center @1974