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'World Trade Center Attack,' Steve Ludlum for New York Times

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“The Sept. 11, 2001, sky was a brilliant, unblemished blue. Freelance photographer Steve Ludlum was strolling through Brooklyn when he saw smoke rising from lower Manhattan. An airplane had just smashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Ludlum grabbed his camera and raced to the Manhattan Bridge for a better view.

“Ludlum didn’t see the second plane approach as he trained his zoom lens on the burning tower. A ball of flame lit up the viewfinder. Ludlum clicked the shutter. When United Flight 175 hit the South Tower, he thought it was a bomb. He rushed to a pharmacy to develop his film and took it to The New York Times.”

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janescottcumming05-Oct-2017 13:55
One of the things I remember most about that day was the sky. When I arrived at work that morning we all commented on how absolutely gorgeous it was outside. Our first clients of the morning came in and said how beautiful the day was. Charlie called me right after the first plane hit. We took turns running down to the laundromat, desperate for news. At that time the veterinary office did not have internet. Such a beautiful morning turned into such a horrible day. The photos and the videos of the day are something burned into our memories. Man's inhumanity to man...and still it all goes on. Seems we learn nothing, so sad.
larose forest photos04-Oct-2017 15:50
I find images of that moment hard to look at, and this brings back that shocking time so clearly. None of us will ever forget where we were or what we were doing that day in the morning.
Gill Kopy04-Oct-2017 01:27
This was an amazing shot of that awful day ! V
Julie Oldfield04-Oct-2017 01:00
Such an awful day. I remember being in a panic because a good friend worked a few blocks from the Trade Center. I was so happy when I finally heard from her.
joseantonio03-Oct-2017 18:46
so shoking moment for everyone.V
Patrick Goossens03-Oct-2017 18:35
An image I will never forget.
Martin Lamoon03-Oct-2017 18:34
An amazing photograph. I remember watching it live in a secure control room, before it was on the BBC news.
Regine L.03-Oct-2017 17:06
It documents how important photography is. There always seems to be somebody catching the moment.
Tom Munson03-Oct-2017 16:48
A sad day for our country.
Chris Morton03-Oct-2017 15:57
Jim Coffman03-Oct-2017 15:23
This is a day I will never forget! Nice capture, Helen..
globalgadabout03-Oct-2017 15:19
tragic events that day, but this is certainly a spectacular shot that tells the story so well..
Claude Gagnon03-Oct-2017 14:51
So sad moment to remember :(((
danad03-Oct-2017 14:50
Still unbelievable so many years after...V.