September 11, 2001 -- My Images of Ground Zero
On September 11, 2001, 19 terrorist hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, a third plane hit the Pentagon, and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Almost 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which triggered major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defined the presidency of George Bush. Procedures for boarding an airplane have been forever altered. The last American military left Afghanistan on 30 August, 2021, almost 20 years later.
On the 9th of November 2001, with the ground still smoldering and cadaver dogs still active, I ducked under the yellow tape, walked calmly to the union 282 work shack and was soon met by a Teamsters Union official. He gave me a pass to photograph that evening and the next day at Ground Zero. I will never forget this experience. These are some of my images.