Unpublished 9/11 Ground Zero Photos

““I’d been standing directly beneath the north tower when it collapsed. That I survived seems almost miraculous. I was inside that massive cloud of smoke and dust, suffocating and blinded. I kept moving and eventually saw light emanating in the distance.”

I remember how shocking it was watching the towers fall on television in the school library (this will be my only “durr hurr where I was on 9/11” mention) and can only imagine how mentally and emotionally crippling it would have been to be standing right there. In one of the photos Nachtwey mentions how the firefighters “clicked into a kind of professional default and did what they knew how to do.” That he was able to take such well composed and memorable photographs at the scene indicates that he has a “professional default” too, and that it’s pretty darned good.

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About richardwahnfried
Not named Richard Wahnfried, not krautrock legend Klaus Schulze.

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