The Falling Man | Behind The Photo | 100 Photos | TIME

Took an Express Subway train from times square to Chambers [street] which is to stop just before the world trade Center the first thing I saw was the two world trade centers both of them had smoke and fire coming from I just started making my pictures I was photographing the burning building when Emt says oh my gosh. Look at that, and we started seeing people coming down at the building I instinctively picked up my camera and started photographing them following him as they came down Until I photographed what must become known as the falling man It’s a very quiet photograph It’s not like a lot of other violent photographs from other disasters There’s no blood. There’s [no] guts. There’s nobody getting shot, but people react to it in a way that They feel that they can relate to this photograph That they might have been in the same situation, and they might have had to make whatever choice the man in the photograph made You have to be very aware of your surroundings when you’re in a situation like this you [have] to be careful that you don’t become [a] victim journalists don’t run away from falling building We don’t run away from the fire we run to it because it’s our job to record history [I] Didn’t know I [had] that photograph of that man in that position Until I actually saw it on my computer when I got back to [the] office I Called one of our photo editors, and I showed him the picture I said I [this] is it this has got to be the picture this man was like an arrow bisecting the two world trade centers I Woke up the next morning, and I opened up the paper, and there was my photograph of following that It was a very brave thing for them to use that picture it was the only picture that was like that of anybody falling from the building [the] only picture that showed any kind of human interaction [like] that a paper in Allentown Pennsylvania used the picture they put it on their whole back page in the newspaper And then the editor said that it was that important to photograph And he got a lot of mail letters the editor saying he shouldn’t have run this this is not something I want my children to see Tom [Juneau] the author of the esquire article. He’s the one who came up with the name the falling man That was the name of the article And it sort of stuck I’ve never regretted taking that photograph at all. It’s probably one of the only photographs that actually shows someone dying that [day] We have a terrorist attack on our own soil And we still don’t see pictures of our people dying and this is a photograph of someone dying you

100 thoughts on “The Falling Man | Behind The Photo | 100 Photos | TIME

  1. These people were people who didn’t know what would happen. These people were forced to die, if they were 50 floors and up they had a 80% chance of dying. When I see that picture that makes me think about how many people got tortured.

  2. What some people don’t realize is it wasn’t only the towers that crashed, But buildings around them did too, Causing more lives to be taken, And more tragedies to occur, No amount of hate should’ve ever made this event take place, Rest In Peace to everybody who lost their lives or someone on, September 11th, 2001. 💔

  3. The truly sad part is that on 9/11 of this year The New York Times stated in their headlines: "Airplanes Steer Into Twin Towers" This rag of a newspaper, mullet wrapper, insulted the deaths of over 3,000 people by failing to acknowledge that terrorists flew the planes into the buildings. I cancelled my subscription.

  4. America has got to be destroyed. i urge the european nations and russia to nuke the united states now. dont hold back, its the land of vile creatures from underworld. there daddy devil Bush thought he would have fun with his demons before he meets them in hell one day. he will then usher in a arab president fake black man OBAMA who is not a citizen. and together they bankrupt usa. Clinton not perfect but was the last real USA president.

  5. we all hate terrorist but we can still pray for those people even the falling man like if you pary for those people

  6. Just think about the REAL criminals, how smug they must feel having gotten away with mass murder on live tv televised worldwide. 911 was a TRAUMA BASED MIND CONTROL operation by a foreign power with tentacles deep within the system, the media is complicit in the cover up. Shame on all of the liars and traitors who continue to cover for the (((real))) criminals!

  7. I watch this and im reminded of what that Congress women said "Some people did something" and it pisses me off that we have a representative that basically spits on the memories of our fellow Americans who died on that day smh

  8. it saddens me that these hopeless people had to jump to their death from a burning building. So very sad

  9. In this video the man being interviewed said a woman had sent a letter to the editor of a newspaper saying she didn't want her children to see this picture that was published in the paper. Everyone wants to sweep the truth and history of our country under the rug, to appease "those offended" who will end up taking over and destroying America. If you haven't noticed…'s already happening. 😪

  10. This made me cry some of you dont even care if this man was you and no one cared about you you would feel the same what this man right now feels… rest in peace🥺🥺🥺

  11. This made me cry, I'm only 13 but its hard to know that this actually happened and the fact that I loved in New York for 12 years now I love in Florida. My grandpa was a janitor in the north tower, but on 911 he called out sick and in so thankful for that. My uncles brother was 1 of he many people that burned to death. He was on the 87th floor. Everytime I think about 911 it gets to me. All we gotta do is keep praying and I cant believe how people could be suicidal and this evil. We all have to pray and hope their all in heaven and hope that their all save and same with the Pentagon.

  12. Didnt choose death….was murdered by terrorists…..he was living his life before it was taken by cruel cowardly events….god bless all whose lives were taken including the first responders who heroically gave their lives to protect life…amen

  13. I feel sorry for people who died but there are lots of things that I doubt.

  14. That man was somebody's son, possibly someone's husband. Imagine having to watch them fall to their death

  15. One thing about people explaining why they jumped to their death, yes, probably they preferred falling to their death rather than being crushed or burned to death but I also think If they knew they were going to die it’s better on the ground where they can be more easily found and their remains more gathered however horrific that sounds. I’m not american or a new yorker but I can imagine how devastating that was for everyone in America and of course for me but we can’t forget the families of the poor victims who will suffer in one way or another for the rest of their lives.

  16. I don’t know why but there is something in the back of my head telling me that i need to know who the ‘falling man’ is

  17. You know wants so sad my grandma's cousin died in one of the buildings 😭😭😭😭

  18. Just seeing those people sticking their heads out the window trying to look for someway to get outta the building while it’s on fire and there’s a ton of smoke behind them is really sad to see 😢😢 Those terrorists are the biggest assholes in history to have ever lived

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  20. Rest in peace ♡♡♡
    Everyone who did die…
    I hope they had the best life…

    Copy and paste this for the people how died…

    You don't have to… but this is really sad…

  21. No offense but everybody that was taking a picture that was falling is sad not only one but all😭

  22. Imagine being those people, deciding how you’re going to die. 1st, jumping off and knowing you’ll explode when you hit the ground. 2nd, you’ll burn up in the fire. 3rd, you won’t be able to breathe. 4th, die when the towers fall. It’s just horrific. It’s sad. I hope they Rest In Peace. And those who did this, going to hell.

  23. They are correct. This photo is what really drove home the impact of what had happened. It made it personal, and horrific. It’s strange to say but, the attack itself was so gigantic and unimaginable, that it never feels real. It feels like watching a movie. But then you see the suicides and people jumping off of the building and it really shocks you.

  24. I can’t believe it been 18 years already this happened I wish this never happen god bless there soul who die that day 9/11.

  25. Never forget this but y’all want African Americans to forget about slavery save the bullshit

  26. A man who jumped from the South Tower hit a firefighter on the ground and killed him without the man knowing.

  27. I feel like my family member died in one of the buildings or on the planes or somewhere where that happend because I don't know.

    Does anybody feel guilty well I do

    I literally cried watching this because some people jump out of the buildings cause they knew they were going to die….

  28. I think it's wild how America bombs countries all the time but when it happens to America everyone all the sudden cares

  29. This destroys me emotionally every time I see it. Some people say it never should have been published, but I think it represents courage and the precise nature of the United States itself; in that this man who was murdered for no reason whatsoever did NOT allow terrorists to dictate how he would live his life or how he would end it.

  30. This shows the courage I would never jump … I would’ve probably just died. LONGLIVE EVERYONE I FEEL BAD FOR THIS MANS FAMILY😢😢

  31. Whenever I think of 9/11, not only do I think of how awful it was, but how many people have endured similar deaths, over the course of time, anywhere.

  32. I wasn't born yet but I would've helped anyone I could find. So sorry to anyone who got hurt or died during this time.

  33. Would you do the same thing as he did, jump out of a
    burning building?

    Well He and others didn't have a choice.

  34. So sad to think that these people had to make the decision that they’d rather jump than suffer being burnt alive 😭 truly sickening

  35. I guess evil exist due to GOD push the devil out of heaven and now he is on earth and we need to learn how to master him since he is knocking at our door and desires to have us.

  36. OPEN YA 👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀 People

  37. Remember it was American invasion of Middle East, Unstoppable Support of Israel and killing Palestinians that resulted into 9/11.

    The more hate you put out
    The more hate will be returned to you.

  38. The falling man.Imagine what is going through his head at that right moment when it was suffer or face the fears.He is a good lad.My mothers cousin was in the building to and didn't make it out.For others that lost friends and families.You have my sympathys.

  39. I can't imagine what goes thru a person's mind knowing they are seconds from death when they hit the ground.


  41. He captured that man's final moments. It can go 50/50 depending on perspectives. However. I agree with this photo. This is what happened. And that is a victim who chose how his life would end. The terrorists cannot take that away. Those acts of terror will not scare us forever. We need to learn to move on. And one of the steps is accepting the fact that this man was a victim.

  42. The terrorists won. they built that boring glass piece of s*** instead of rebuilding the Twin Towers better and stronger and taller as they should have.

  43. Crazy to think that a kid that was born the day right after this (9/12/01) is now 18 years old and can enlist to join the Armed Forces.

  44. Burning to death is worse than falling, burning is basically the same thing as drowning you get to feel the pain and falling you can’t feel except the air

  45. Jump to death or burning alive? I don't think anyone in this entire world would opt for the second choice.

  46. On 9/11 there were pregnant women and if the towers didn't fall they would be graduated from high school right now

  47. I pray we never forget or forgive thoes responsible for this attack on insent people of America

  48. What are we going to do when our generation becomes teachers how are we going to teach the new generation If we weren’t alive when it happened 😔

  49. I wish all the people saw the planes coming and had enough time to vacate the premises of both world trade centers. And no one died. Rest in peace to all whom perished. 😥😥

  50. The most heart breaking thing I’ve ever seen but if I was in his position I’d jump to cry breath close my eyes 💔

  51. I don't understand why nobod could have sent helicopters to rescuee those people at the windows

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