To what extremes would you go to capture a great shot?  Well, for photographer, Joe McNally that meant climbing Burj Khalifa. Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building and its tip is the highest man-made point on earth. Burj Khalifa is the jeweled centerpiece of downtown Dubai, the fastest growing city in the Middle East. Burj Khalifa stands at 828 meters.

Joe McNally has been listed by American Photo as one of the 100 most important people in photography. He has written two best-selling books and among some of his clients are Nikon, American Ballet Theater, General Electric and Epson. One of his most moving, and duly noted projects is “Faces of Ground Zero“, that he developed in 2002 after the tragedy of 9/11. “Faces of Ground Zero helped generate two million in relief effort.

Joe- McNally, photographer,Burj Khalifa

In this video Joe McNally relishes in the challenge of climbing the titan. The reason he did it: “I’ve been a big fan of getting my camera in a different place…seeking the unusual vantage point,” he explains.  As he waits to strap and secure his harness, he looks out to the city and says, “This is why you’re a photographer”.