Many thousands of images were captured of the destruction that befell the United States on September 11, 2001. The deadly attacks by Al Qaeda using four hijacked passenger planes saw the total destruction of the World Trade Center, an aerial assault on the Pentagon and the deaths of brave passengers who overpowered terrorists on United Flight 93. These harrowing images stand as a memorial to the 2,977 innocents who died in total.
Freelance photo editor Kelly Price was in Manhattan on a job on the morning of September 11. After the first hit on the Twin Towers, she dashed into a corner shop and purchased some disposable cameras. Then, as the first of the towers started to collapse, Price fled – but stopped for a moment to capture this shot.
An unknown and exhausted rescue worker takes a break from his work in this photo taken by Ezra Shaw. The horror and stress of 9/11 are plain to see in the man’s face and body language. Rescue workers – firefighters, police medics and others – were the heroes in the aftermath of the horrific events of 9/11.