Photographer Gary Suson is charging tourists $25 admission – the same cost of an adult ticket at the official 9/11 museum – to enter his “Ground Zero Museum Workshop,” which he runs out of his Meatpacking District loft.
Suson was allowed to take photos of firefighters at the Ground Zero pile and bills himself as the “official photographer” for the Uniformed Firefighters Association, according to the New York Post.
And now Suson is attracting criticism for claiming that “a portion of the proceeds” goes to charity, while his IRS tax forms reveal that a mere 3.1 percent of his revenues were spent on “grants” in 2011.
Suson also sells souvenirs on site and online, such as his book of photographs ($49), posters ($25) and T-shirts ($32), among other items. [NYP] – Christopher Cameron