Voices From Behind the Lens - Ground Zero

Jim Graham:
I was really on the outside looking in. For so much of my career I've felt that I was preparing for situations like this -- to be able to convey the emotion of the moment -- I felt as though I should jump in and be in the middle of it but knowing that there really was no way in and that I was best to stay away.

I did make an image from across the river in New Jersey looking into Lower Manhattan on a very dark gloomy rainy day. I suppose that it gave me some small bit of connection. At a distance -- it is a feel for the moment. But, in actuality, there is no real connection to the horror that those friends and colleagues felt when they were in the midst of it all. I can only look at the images, listen to the stories and try to in some small way empathize for those poor souls who weren't as fortunate as I to be 140 miles away from the WTC that day.

Thomas Hinton:
When I took this I was confused. Why are people doing this? Is it suicide or are they just choosing how they will die? This is the most private decision to make. What has forced them to make this choice? I didn't want that forgotten. I started shooting them.


Stan Honda:
10:04 AM, Sept. 11. After the first tower collapsed, a woman covered in dust and debris took refuge in the lobby of an office building near the trade center. This was shot for AFP, and received play in many newspapers and in the special issues of Newsweek and US News and World Report. It's pretty difficult to describe what was happening. You see the buildings burning and collapsing, but have no understanding of what you are seeing. It is really beyond any sort of comprehension. It was gratifying to hear people say our photos really portrayed the horror and devastation, but I wish the attack had never happened.

Peter Juelich, Frankfurt, Germany:

I am a freelace photographer in Frankfurt, Germany. I was here in Germany when the attack happened and thousands died. I really cannot say a lot, but I feel pain and sadness. I feel helpless, like always when people die by violence, war or terror. My thoughts are with the people in the US and also with all fellow journalists and photographers there.

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