The New York Times Staff Pulitzer Prize Winner 2002 (Breaking News Photography)
A second aircraft approaches the World Trade Center just prior to hitting the South tower. Within a span of 18 minutes, two planes had crashed into each of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan in what President Bush called “a national tragedy and an apparent act of terrorism against our country.”
A fireball erupts from one of the towers of the World Trade Center after the second plane hit. In the background, smoke billows from the other tower that was struck minutes earlier. The Brooklyn Bridge is in the foreground.
From about half a mile north, near Canal Street, people’s expressions and gestures bore wittness to the sight they beheld: the collapse of 2 World Trade Center.
As people fled across the Brooklyn Bridge from Lower Manhattan, some of them betrayed their curiosity about Joseph Sylvester, a World Financial Center employee who had obviously been close to ground zero.
A person stands alone in the middle of a gaping hole in the World Trade Center, surrounded by smoke and flames, with nowhere to go and no way to be rescued.
A victim from the World Trade Center attack is treated by emergency medical personnel on the east side of Church Street across from 5 World Trade Center. She was evacuated before the building collapsed.
By the time the twin towers collapsed that morning, more than 2, 900 people were dead, lower Manhattan was covered in ash-laden debris and the lot where two of the world’s tallest buildings had stood for more than a generation had a new name, ground zero.
Firefighters and paramedics assist the injured in the immediate aftermath of the twin towers’ collapse.
An exhausted New York City police officer, Richard Adamiak, 26, ducked into the Stage Door Deli on Vesey Street across from the World Trade Center Plaza after the collapse of the first tower — and shortly before the second tower came down.
Rescue workers and medical personnel continued their efforts in the middle of a vast, nightmarish landscape on West Street 24 hours after the collapse of the World Trade Center towers.
A firefighter of Ladder 21 is embraced by fellow firefighters after being told a family member, who is also a firefighter that responded to the World Trade Center attacks, could not be located after the buildings collapsed.
Two women made their way through the ash-covered streets of lower Manhattan in the immediate aftermath of the crumbling of the World Trade Center towers.
Michele DeFazio sobs as she holds up a poster of her missing husband Jason DeFazio, who worked at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of One World Trade Center.
Yoga teacher Christine Rohm folds her hands behind her back in a prayer position as she meditates in front of a makeshift memorial for victims of the World Trade Center attack in Union Square in Manhattan on September 18, 2001 on the week anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center.
Wall Street workers shower their identification to the National Guard to get to their workplaces. A total of 5,000 Guard troops were mobilized in the New York City area.
Fire company 226 on State Street in Brooklyn Heights. Four of the five men who went out that day have not returned.
Father Michael Duffy, a Franciscan Priest, requested during a mass that everyone give a blessing in memory of Father Mychal F. Judge.
A tea set sits, covered in ash from the collapse of the World Trade Center towers, inside the Williamson family apartment on Cedar Street, across from the South Tower.
Jay Robbins sobs as he salutes his colleague, emergency medical technician Yarnel Merino, 25, who died in the attack on the World Trade Center.
Smoke continues to rise from the destroyed World Trade Center on September 15, 2001, four days later, in New York.
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