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10 Iconic 9/11 Pictures

11 Sep

Today, of course, marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. In a series of four coordinated attacks, 19 men from al-Qaeda fundamentally altered the course of American history and killed 2,977 in New York, Shanksville, Pennsylvania and Arlington, Virginia. Some of the pictures taken on that day have become symbols of the horror caused by the attacks and the resilance of the American people in times of crisis. Here are 10 of those images.

1. The Falling Man (Richard Drew): One of the most controversial pictures taken that day came from the camera of Richard Drew, who pulled out his camera and started taking pictures as soon as he arrived at the World Trade Center. This picture captures the human toll and evokes a wide range of emotions. It pushed a reporter at Esquire magazine to identify the man and also inspired a documentary of the same name. See an interview with Drew here.

2. Firefighter in World Trade Center Stairwell (John Labriola): Independent contractor and amateur photograph John Labriola was in the World Trade Center at the time of the attack and descended the stairwell to escape. In the process, he pulled out his camera and snapped pictures. The firefighter in this picture, Mike Kehoe, survived the attacks, but six people in his squad did not.

3. American Pieta (Unidentified): Chaplain of the Fire Department of New York Mychal Judge was tending to the injured and offering the last rites from the Command Center in the World Trade Center when the South Tower collapsed. He was struck by falling debris and killed instantly. A wire photographer happened to capture the scene of rescue workers carrying him out. Father Judge was later declared the first official victim of the attacks.

4. Fear (Patrick Witty): Freelancer photographer Patrick Witty captured the scene in lower Manhattan with this image. What I find so remarkable about it is the incredible diversity of people in the shot. It symbolizes how America reacted together with shock to the attacks, no matter what our backgrounds were.

5. Woman Covered in Dust (Stan Honda): When one of the towers came down, Marcy Borders was out on the street and fled into a nearby office building to escape the dust. In the decade since, she battled severe depression, became addicted to crack and lost custody of her children. Finally, though, she’s clean and sober.

6. Businessman (Stan Honda): Ed Fine was about to leave the World Trade Center for another meeting uptown when he missed an elevator. The time was 8:46 a.m. Flight 11 struck the North Tower. Fine worked his way down the stairs and made his way out just as the South Tower collapsed. This image was captured as he walked away.

7. Firefighters Raise the Flag (Tom Franklin): It was a picture taken from far away and it seemed little different than the 1,000 others that Tom Franklin took that day. He didn’t realize that he was carrying a bit of history on his memory card, but he was. Billy Eisengrein, George Johnson and Danny McWilliams were the three firefighters in the picture. All three have maintained lower profiles since 9/11.

8. Cloud of Dust (Suzanne Plunkett): AP photographer Suzanne Plunkett was supposed to be taking pictures for fashion week when she received the message that the Twin Towers had been attacked. After emerging from the subway, she had jut a couple of minutes before the towers came down. This picture showed the terror in people’s minds as the cloud of dust enveloped lower Manhattan. Recently, the man in the backpack contacted Plunkett.

9. Bush Told of Attacks (Win McNamee): Inside a Florida classroom, White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card informed President Bush that the United States of America was under attack. He whispered, “A second plane hit the second tower. America is under attack.” Bush’s face is a direct reaction to that information.

10. United 175 Approaches Second Tower (Sean Adair): As the world watches in horror, a second plane approaches the south tower of the World Trade Center. Seconds later, United 175 crashed into the building. Just an hour later, the second tower would collapse and thousands would die.

Photos from September 10, 2001

8 Sep

For many of us, life before September 11, 2001 is hard to remember. Yet, the front pages of September 10 detail the ordinary news around the country. The first hurricane of the season, Erin, was making waves along the East Coast as she moved far out to sea. New York Jets coach Herman Edwards was under scrutiny after his team lost by 21 points in the season opener. All across America, the normal joys and disappointments of life occurred. These pictures capture some of those moments. One day later, our world changed forever.

1. An Australian man named David Officer was visiting New York with his family. They got to the top of the Empire State Building and took this picture of the World Trade Center on Sept. 10. They planned to visit the World Trade Center the following morning, but were delayed when David decided to go for a run. (ABC News)

2. Taken by a hiker on a trip, this image from Mohonk, New York was taken on the evening of Sept. 10. (Flatbush Gardener)

3. Impressed with the lovely night sky, a man decided to snap this picture from the window of his DC office building. You can see the Capitol Building in the background. (Boston Bill)

4. Over in the United Kingdom, a man stopped and photographed a train. (rowanC82)

5. This picture comes from inside an airplane that was making the transatlantic flight from London to San Francisco. (steve_l)

6. In Pittsburgh, this shot shows a business luncheon occurring on Sept. 10. (mml.stanford)

7. A beautiful lookout into the peaceful tranquility of nature. Taken near Leecher Lookout in Washington. (firephoto39)

8. Coming back from lunch, this San Francisco worker snapped a picture of the flower below. (GordReece)

9. Artist Monika Bravo was at work on the 92nd floor of the World Trade Center until midnight on September 10, 2001. She took a video of the thunderstorm that hit New York that evening and created a 5 minute video from it. You can see the complete video here.

10. President Bush and Australian Prime Minister John Howard shake hands before a meeting on Sept. 10. Prime Minister Howard would be in Washington the following day, as the attacks began to unfold.

11. This image could make your blood freeze. Hijackers Mohamed Atta (rear) and Abdulaziz al-Omari (front) were photographed by this ATM in Portland, Maine at 8:41 p.m. the night before the attacks.

Video: This was taken on September 3, 2001 by someone in town for a wedding. It’s chilling and shows what the complex was like just days before the attack.