20 Rare Photos Of 9/11 That You Probably Haven’t Seen Before

It’s been 17 years since the infamous September 11 attacks in New York. And for those who remember the day, you probably remember the non-stop media coverage that came after. And even years later, new photos still emerge, with a few that you probably haven’t seen before.

These shots take us back once more to that tragic day, named by some as one of the most influential events in recent history, that shook up the world and had rippling effects that are still felt today.

I noticed that people tend to remember the exact moment when they heard about the attacks first. Maybe you’d like to share yours in the comments? (h/t)

#1 As Seen Through A Fish-Eye Lens From An Apartment Four Blocks Away, Smoke Streams From The North Tower Within Minutes Of The First Plane’s Attack

Image source: Patricia McDonough

#2 At Rector Street And Broadway, A Photographer Leaned Out His Window With A Medium-format Camera And Caught The Moment Before The Second Plane’s Impact

Image source: Rob Howard

#3 A Knot Of Bystanders At Park Row And Beekman Street Look Up As The South Tower Begins To Collapse

Image source: Patrick Witty

#4 People Run Down Broadway As A Smoke And Dust Cloud Comes Up The Street From The Collapsing World Trade Center Buildings In New York

Image source: Kelly Price

#5 A Man Has A Job To Do

Image source: Melanie Einzig

#6 Not Yet Realizing A Terrorist Attack Was In Progress, Architect And Amateur Pilot Isabel Daser, Eight Months Pregnant, Asked A Co-Worker To Take Her Portrait As A Record Of The Day

Image source: Daser Bessler

#7 American Airlines Flight 11 (Visible In The Upper Right-Hand Corner Of The Photo) Approaches The North Tower Of The World Trade Center On September 11, 2001

American Airlines Flight 11 (visible in the upper right-hand corner of the photo) approaches the north tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. This largely unknown triptych (the subsequent images follow), shot from a Brooklyn window, was part of an ongoing Internet art exhibition that displayed updated panoramas of downtown Manhattan every four seconds. A time code can be seen in the lower right-hand corner of each frame. | Image source: Wolfgang Staehle

#8 I Was 4 Years Old And The Picture Was Taken Along The Westside Highway That Morning On 9/11

Image source: AustinSansone

#9 On A Brooklyn Rooftop Shortly After The Collapse Of The Twin Towers

On a Brooklyn rooftop shortly after the collapse of the Twin Towers, Jenna Piccirillo and three-month-old Vaughan embody innocence and resilience, according to the photographer: “Life continues in the face of disaster . . . despite the horrors we inflict on one another.” | Image source: Alex Webb/Magnum Photos

#10 The South Tower Disintegrates, Raining Debris Behind A Cross Atop Trinity Church

#11 The Second Plane Flew Directly Over My Head And Slammed Into The South Tower. It Took Me A Few Seconds To Get My Head Together, And This Was The Shot I Took

Image source: Marc A. Garrett

#12 The Photographer Considered This 9/11 Brooklyn Scene Too Tranquil At The Time. He Decided Not To Publish The Image Widely Until Four Years After The Attacks

#13 A Lone Man Runs Down Broadway As A Smoke And Dust Cloud Comes Up The Street From The Collapsing World Trade Center Buildings In New York September 11, 2001

Image source: Kelly Price

#14 A Plane Explodes After Hitting The Second Tower Of The World Trade Center As The Other Tower Burns

Image source: Sara K. Schwittek

#15 South Tower Of The World Trade Center Collapsing

Image source: Bolivar Arellano

#16 Smoke Plumes Are Clearly Visible In This Landsat 7 Satellite Image Of New York City Made Early On September 12

Image source: NASA

#17 Several Buildings In The Trade Center Complex Collapsed Following A Terrorist Attack

Image source: Petra Beter

#18 Twin Towers Of The World Trade Center Burn Behind The Empire State Building

Image source: Marty Lederhandler

#19 9/11

Image source: luke kurtis

#20 Penman Got As Close To The Buildings As He Could, Before Police Put Up A Cordon. But That Meant He Was Right Next To The Buildings When The First Tower Collapsed

Image source: Phil Penman












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