This person shared with us a gold mine of information on Steven Frischling's total lack of credibility in the industry, which goes back a very long time. An email from this photographer was so great we'll just post this entire segment about Frischling's ridiculous stories from 9/11, a tragic day he exploited to bring attention to himself. Links included:
Here is a good example of how Frischling takes a simple story and turns it into a more self serving account of an event that makes him appear to be a hero. But, in typical fish fashion, the story continues to evolve over time to include acts of bravery and personal anguish. From these stories, you would think that he was the hero of the day, snapping prize winning photos of the most intense moments of 9/11, dodging falling debris. Most professional photographers would have photo evidence of things like people running away from falling debris, dead bodies on the ground and the overall pain of the situation. Not Frischling. The set of photos that he took on that day don't really jive with his over exaggerated tales, they are pretty much (bad) photos of record. A receipt, if you will, to prove he was there. But in no way do they capture the essence and horror of that day. Even his photo captions were designed to sound far more dramatic than what is really going on in the photo - like "a fire truck moves quickly away from a fast moving cloud (otherwise known as smoke in the distance). here are some of his pictures from that day - http://www.upi.com/search/?sp=t&s_l=photos&ss=frischling&offset=27)In the story above, he says he arrived by 11:59 a.m.
Here is the first story from late in 2001- he talks about how he heard about it on the radio and raced to NY. He mentions a leg and a child's backpack amidst rubble and dust, but a photo has never been seen anywhere. (http://digitaljournalist.org/issue0110/voices04.htm)
Wow, now he's there a little after 10 a.m.! He drove 200 miles in under an hour! To downtown New York on 9/11, no less! Perhaps his pal Superman picked him up and flew him there?
Here is the second variation of the story from 2003- this time an editor in Germany called him and he was hit by falling debris that knocked a camera off his shoulder, never to be found. (http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=3944)
"I was dropping my daughter off at day care in Northampton, MA, 200 miles from ground zero, when the first plane hit. An editor I had worked with in Germany was calling somewhat frantically, this is still only the first plane, so I went home got my stuff and started south. When I heard the 2nd plane hit I put my foot on the gas and took off.
I got down into the city in record time hitting downtown Manhattan a little after 10:AM, and finding a parking space littererly on the sidewalk next to city hall a little before noon.
I came and went from the scene to dump images into my laptop, and when #7 came down a chunk of debris took a camera off my shoulder, with a 17-35f2.8 with it. I never found the camera, but was glad I had an NC2000c in the car as a spare.
In 2004, he's still talking about losing the camera. In this thread he also talks about several other injuries and surgeries that he has had over the years, including the removal of 80% of one of his kidneys. (http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=6979)
"Ummmm, 1991, lost my 80% of my kidney = $42,000 (100% covered)By the way, Frischling should have still been in high school from 1991-1993, yet these injury claims are more consistent with someone who has been in a war zone! And this thread was not simply asking complete medical history, but what injuries occurred while as a photographer.
1991, had another part of kidney removed = $5,600 (100% covered)
1992 through 1993 , three more surgeries, around $14,00 = 100% covered
Various concusions, lost teeth, broken fingers, leg, rebuilt shoulder,11 procedures on my throat since 1999 all 100% covered, hospital stay, surgery, ER, doc, nurses, drugs, all 100% covered (except down time, excluding the shoulder, I was paid for my down time) ........my camera gear repair is a minimum of $500 out of pocket, so it is cheaper to break me than the gear :0)"
"In certain situation, such as violent situations, or an extreme example would be having been near #7 World Trade Center when it collapsed on Sept 11, 2001, my gear was the last thing on my mind. I lost a camera body that day and didn't even go back and look for it."But the Incredible Adventures of the Photographer Steven Frischling continue! He's been threatened with treason!
2004 - Still talking about his harrowing run to safety when tower 7 came down. Still no pictures , like the ones hundreds of photographers took of towers one and two collapsing, ever emerged from Frischling. Oh yeah, for the record, building 7 of the world trade center was 47 stories, not 50+ as stated.
"I was in New York on Sept 11. I was a little more than a block when 7 World Trade Center, a 50+ floor building. I ran for my life when that building came down. I stood on ground zero on Sept 11. I looked up at a black sky....so I fully understand what happened on Sept 11 in New York City."
MOVING ON to a story about being detained while shooting oil tanks. This one was a classic and the best thing about it was that he wrote a whole story about it on Sports Shooter as if he was holding a seminar on how to deal with the police. It is also highly unlikely that police would demand to search a car for more cameras without a warrant or probable cause.
The first story emerged in 2003 http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=1503
"I found my two shooting positions, and went to work. About five minutes into my working from my second position I notice my car is now surrounded by four patrol cars, and about six officers, two more are rapidly advancing on me as I shot from the pier.
The officers demanded Susannah's licenses and wanted to search the car for any cameras. Susannah informed them I was a news photographer, and any of the cameras from the car were with me (I was hard to miss with a 300f2.8 and 400f2.8 alone at the end of a pier). As the officers approached me they had their hands on their unflapped holsters, and ordered me to stop. I identified myself, and again was ordered to stop, so I did. As the officers allowed me to put my gear down and get my credentials out I noticed a live truck, and TV station Explorer pulling in behind the four cruisers surrounding my car."
The second story popped up in 2004 and he added a little color to it to make it a little more dramatic. (http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=10755)
In the past few years I have had friends face changes of treason, then face the charge myself for shooting that person in the place they were facing the charges.
A third story came to light in 2008 and now it is even more dramatic, the cops now have their guns drawn. (http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=29618)Thank you for the links!
"A few years ago in New Haven, CT, while photographing the huge oil storage farms for a business story (a company was sold in a multi-billion dollar deal) I was out on the end of a public pier shooting. I was wearing tan board shorts, a bright Hawaiian shirt had three bodies with a 17-35f2.8, 70-200f2.8, 400f2.8, all wrapped in bright orange & purple tape.
Prior to shoot there I had called the USCG First District Public Affairs desk and the New Haven PIO. I didn't need to, but I didn't want a problem.
At some point I noticed my wife's '83 bright yellow Volvo surrounded by cops demanding to know where there camera were. She pointed to me and cops from the NHPD, State Police and DOD Police came at me. One office, an NHPD Lt., had his weapon out of the holster screaming at me demanding to know why I was trying to hide.
......now if I was hiding would I be in plain site, on a public pier, in a Hawiian shirt with a 400f2.8 wrapped in bright purpleand orange tape?
This yutz would not accept my press credentials from the US Senate Press Photogs Gallery, the United Nations, NYPD, Mass State Police or other easily verifiable organizations. He demanded my Connecticut press credentials......Conn issues no press cards and this guy didn't seem to know that."
I have plenty more for you and will get them to you when I have time. Keep up the site, I have already sent the link to at least a dozen Frischling haters and everyone LOVES it.