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Just as the attack on Pearl Harbor forever changed that generation of Americans, the attacks of September 11th 2001, the worst attack in American history has forever changed this generation, especially those residing in New York City on that day. In the hours that followed the collapse of the towers we looked to the skies anxiously wondering if another attack were imminent, and for weeks the city echoed with the sirens of ambulances ferrying the dead to hospitals for identification, and resonated with a sense of shock and mourning. The acrid smell of burning insulation from the collapsed towers drifted over over Brooklyn and Jersey City, and spontaneously city walls were filled with the family snapshots of the missing still being searched for by relatives while shrines were erected to the dead. And weeks later after the photos of the missing had been removed the ghostly empty squares of the tape edges still remained, a reminder of those killed.

These photographs were taken on that day and the days that followed.

The “stair-stepped” appearance of some photos is due to their assembly from various narrower, separate shots to approximate a wider-angle, all encompassing point-of-view.