Why Has The Falling Man – One Of The Strongest Photographs in History Disappeared [strong graphics]


The Falling Man / Associated Press / Richard Drew

Some dates are defining dates and everyone remembers where they have been on those date. One such date is 9/11. If I asked you where you were on that day you’d probably remember. One of the photographs most associated with that day is The Falling Man. Interestingly, despite the strength of the photo is has almost disappeared from the news shortly after it was published. Here is some context about the photo:

The Falling Man is a photograph taken by Associated Press photographer Richard Drew of a man falling from the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 9:41:15 a.m. during the September 11 attacks in New York City. The subject of the image, whose identity remains uncertain, was one of the people trapped on the upper floors of the skyscraper who either fell searching for safety or jumped to escape the fire and smoke.

With the opening of the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan, the Design Observer ran an interview with Henry Singer who directed a documentary about this photograph back in 2006It tells the story of this controversial image: who took it; how it was first published and censored; the responses of the families, and the search to discover the identity of the man in the photograph. [Read more…]