TOM Zaller was never a Titanic fanatic as a child, nor did he see the James Cameron film at the cinema in 1997, but he has more than made up for this after working on multiple exhibitions on the maritime tragedy for the past 16 years. He even visited the site of the wreck in 2000. Zaller, who grew up in Cleveland and toured on shows from The Phantom of the Opera to magician David Copperfield, worked for other exhibition producers before starting Atlantabased Imagine Exhibitions in 2009.
His latest, Titanic The Exhibition, has toured since 2012, and opened in Perth last month.
Like Bruce Ismay and Lord William Pirrie’s dream to change transatlantic ocean travel, Zaller’s ambition was to create the largest and newest travelling Titanic exhibition.
“It touches on so many levels and no matter what you like the best with the exhibition, whether it’s the artefacts or the re-creation of the grand staircase or the manufactured iceberg you can touch, all of those are just there to support the human story and that’s where we all connect.
“We can all relate to someone on the Titanic.”
Exhibition-goers receive a greater connection through the issue of a boarding pass on admission with details of either a passenger or crew member.
At the end of the exhibition you find out the fate of your person, which Zaller described as a simple yet powerful moment.
The show also features a room dedicated to Cameron’s film, featuring the dress Rose wore during the sinking and Jack’s outfit.
Exhibitions chief executive Tom Zaller at the helm of Titanic The Exhibition.