I wonder if the world has recovered from the terrorist attacks on World Trade Center in New York on 11th September 2001 (or “9/11” as the event infamously known as). This incident changed the world forever. The big world powers of erstwhile years were suddenly shaken out of their sleep. Countries like India had been suffering from terrorism since many decades but none of these big powers cared to declare a war on terrorism. There were no efforts of roping countries in to fight with the menace of terrorism. But 9/11 changed it all —because the attack was on the United States. From a general perspective, I guess, 9/11 had an impact on the psyche of the world which was long due.
As you know, the passenger airliners were crashed into World Trade Center towers on that fateful day. Around 3,000 people died in the 9/11 terrorist attack. The world had not seen any terrorist attack of this magnitude before. Understandably, everyone was shocked. Television channels had begun to live telecast the proceedings as these attacks took several hours to finish. Almost everything that happened at the World Trade Center site after the strike was recorded on video and still cameras.
The Falling Man is one of the iconic and most circulated image from these attacks. This photo was shot by Richard Drew of the Associated Press. It shows a man falling from the North Tower of World Trade Center at 9:41:15 a.m on 9/11. The identity of this man is still uncertain. However many people believe that his name was Jonathan Briley. Briley worked in a restaurant in the North Tower. Just like him about 200 people fell out or chose to jump from the skyscraper. It may appear so, but the man in this photo did not fall head down all the way from top to bottom. He tumbled through air as he descended to eventually hit the ground.
Hundreds of people had fallen or jumped out of the attacked buildings. The Falling Man photograph shocked the world. Many found the published images of falling people disturbing. According to Wikipedia, Mark D. Thompson, a theologian at the Moore Theological College has been mentioned saying, “perhaps the most powerful image of despair at the beginning of the twenty-first century is not found in art, or literature, or even popular music. It is found in a single photograph.”
A documentary film also has been made about this photo and the story behind it. The film is named as 9/11: The Falling Man.
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