David Handschuh Shot One of the Most Iconic Photos of 9/11

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“I wish it had never happened, and I wish I had never captured that moment.”, says photojournalist David Handschuh of the fateful moment when the second airliner flew into the South Tower on 9/11. His instincts told him to keep on shooting even after that, and he continued to do so until an I-beam fell on him. He didn’t think he’d get out alive, but he was one of the fortunate survivors from that day. He tells us what that harrowing experience was like and why photojournalism is necessary to keep the truth alive.

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Richard Drew Tells the Poignant Story Behind “The Falling Man” Photo

Nearly two decades after the 9/11 attacks, “The Falling Man” by Richard Drew remains one of the most unforgettable images from the tragedy.

There were many scenes of chaos, destruction, and panic captured during the 9/11 attacks, but one of the most haunting images is actually a quiet one. When Richard Drew pointed his camera up to one of the towers, among the horrors he captured were people falling from it. However, he didn’t know until later that one of the frames would turn out to become a symbol of the tragedy of every life lost that day.

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Michel Leroy: A Photojournalist’s Perspective of 9/11 While Not on Assignment

All images shot during 9/11 by Michel Leroy. Used with permission. Contact Sheets created by the Phoblographer with permission.

When you look at the modern portfolio of Photographer Michel Leroy, you wouldn’t at all believe that 9/11 was a time that touched him personally. But not only was photography bred into Michel since high school, but so was journalism. On September 11th 2001, the World Trade Center fell here in NYC as the world and many New Yorkers looked on in horror. For this year’s remembrance, we wanted to interview a number of photographers who were around and on the scene during that time. Many of them have never looked back at their archives, and with Michel the experience was one that he felt really changed him. But as many photojournalists will tell you, the camera can be a shield of some sort from your own emotions.

Before you go on, I want to warn everyone that this post contains images that may shock or cause a stir amongst some readers. I personally saw the second plane hit the towers, and both putting this story together and looking through Michel’s images certainly was difficult to do.

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