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9/11 – Thomas Hoepker

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I have written about this photo a couple of times before. But to continue my yearlong devotion to contact sheets, here is the assemblage of frames Thomas Hoepker submitted to Magnum. On 9/11, Hoepker crossed from Manhattan into Queens and then Brooklyn to get closer to the scene. In Williamsburg, he captured the above pastoral scene, but decided to hold back the photo for five years feeling that it was “ambiguous and confusing.”

Written by Alex Selwyn-Holmes

September 11, 2012 at 5:06 pm

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  1. Considering the towers were in Manhattan, perhaps you mean that he travelled to Queens then Brooklyn to get a wider shot of the scene, not closer to the scene. God bless everyone that was affected that day. 11 anniversaries now, and it never gets easier.

    Karen Jones

    September 11, 2012 at 5:22 pm

  2. Is there a larger version of the contact sheet?

    Jeroen de Haan

    September 11, 2012 at 7:23 pm

  3. I was uptown. Everyone on the street was walking up and down as if nothing was happening, save for myself and one other person staring down the avenue at the billowing smoke. It was very strange.


    September 17, 2012 at 12:09 am

  4. Reblogged this on The Sound Garden.


    October 1, 2012 at 5:04 pm

  5. 9/11 was America’s saddest tragedy ever. #we remember 3000 people died to fight for us. we hope this terrible tragedy never happens again.

    Rachel newman

    September 19, 2015 at 2:46 am

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