I won’t write a lot about this because I’m sure you already heard enough in the past 10 years and it is certainly not over. But I still think it is important to remember what happened on September 11, 2001 as it has changed the world forever.
So I’ll just share 2 photos I stumble upon while organizing my closet on a housecleaning day. Remember the Advanced Photo System (APS) cameras? A great technology that was overtaken by an even greater technology, digital photography.
I took these in 1998 on a school trip to New York City and, yeah, I didn’t have great photography skills back then… but this is when I felt in love with this city.
Here are some interesting links I found on the web regarding 9/11:
Having arrived from France the night before, James Nachtwey one of the most talented photojournalist happened to be in New York City the morning of September 11th, 2001 where he took some of the most iconic images of that day. TIME has unveiled unpublished photos which were all made on 9/11 and are described here in James Nachtwey’s own words: “In my mind it all went into slow motion. Everything was floating. I thought I had all the time in the world to make the picture, and only at the last moment realized I was about to be taken out.”
Speaking of James Nachtwey, he took part in the TIME project Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience. Photographer Marco Grob photographed and interviewed 40 people who have been affected by 9/11 and the war that follows. Victim’s family, survivors, soldiers, firefighters, politicians including former president George W. Bush and former mayor of New York City Rudolph Giuliani share their stories.
In The Loupe debuts with an interview of John Botte a former New York City police detective who was always going to work with his camera. He shot some of the most beautiful photographs of 9/11 and the following days. John’s photographs are showing at the Calumet Gallery.
History of September 11, 2001, told by the photographers who documented it.
American Photo presents a comprehensive list of photo exhibits and galleries documenting 9/11.
La Lettre de la Photographie interviews Jim Wilson who was photo editor at that time and he tells how it was like in the newsroom of The New York Times on September 11, 2001.
Gizmodo looks back on 9/11 with technology in mind. Go-ahead and click on the photo at the top of the article. Remember that 10 years ago photographers were still using film photography.
It was pre-Facebook. Pre-Twitter. Pre-YouTube and iPhone. Before it was possible for thousands of people to record, upload, and distribute tens of thousands of photos and videos, all crystal clear, packed with pixels and metadata and in HD, to millions of other people. The way we remember 9/11, visually, is largely the way professional media documented it
TIME presents photographs from the United Flight 93 that crashed in the town of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
National Geographic brings you back in the timeline of the day.
Bill Biggart died when the second tower collapsed. He is the only photojournalist who died on 9/11.
The Los Angeles times shows you the before and after and how the sites have changed over the last decade.