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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books; 1 edition (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576871304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576871300
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.8 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In the recent wave of books related to the tragedy of September 11 Taliban histories, introductions to Islam, volumes of pictures and commemorative poems New York September 11, by the famed Magnum Photos collective, stands out as haunting tribute to the city, to the emergency workers, to the dead, and to the Towers themselves. David Halberstam poignantly reflects on that "rarest" of moments the kind that "separate[s] yesterday from today, and then from now" in his introduction to the volume, while, in 70 color and 20 b&w photos (most reproduced on two full pages) the Magnum Photographers capture the terrible destruction and, as in a shot of a sunset seen through the Ground Zero dust cloud the terrible beauty of that day. A portion of the proceeds to go to the New York Times 9/11 Neediest Fund.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Several members of the distinguished Magnum photography studio were in town for their monthly meeting on September 11 and went out into the city, training their cameras on the disaster at the World Trade Center and the people in the streets reacting to the horrible incident they were witnessing. In words and photographs, the photographers tell and show what they saw, and the result is a remarkable but disturbing firsthand account of that day and the aftermath, when New York City came to represent a latter-day Pearl Harbor. Brad Hooper
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Customer Reviews

As time passes, and memories fade, this book will remind us what it was like that awful day.
"mrsfaganselves"
Life's commemorative issues (paper and hardcover) did a much better job, though with more predictable photos.
Yukon
As the photographers tell us in each their own words - "our work tells the story" - and it does.
Jeannine Power

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

75 of 77 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It's startling to read the reviews of this book on the heels of having read the reviews for "One Nation," the book put out by Time-Life. It's clear that many people hold some pre-conceived notion about Magnum and are predisposed to panning this book. Well, I know nothing about Magnum. I've heard the name but I couldn't tell you anything about the company. What I can tell you is that I live in New York and I watched this entire thing happen from my window. I now own two books about 9-11 -- One Nation and this -- and for the best accounting of what happened that day,I have to give the edge to Magnum. There are pictures in this book that are exactly what I witnessed that day. I actually prefer that they rely on photographers to tell what they witnessed instead of having upper-crust "experts" put everything into perspective. Also, contrary to what a reviewer in Seattle says, the colors depicted in the Magnum book are accurate. During the day, the sun used to reflect off of the World Trade Center buildings. On that day, it was reflecting off of impossible clouds of smoke -- black and white -- and the eery gray and washed out blue was how it looked and felt here. Also, something this book does that One Nation doesn't do, is supply several pages in the back of the book -- "Farewell to the Towers" -- featuring photos of the Towers as they were. The final picture is of a woman on the Staten Island Ferry, the WTC and New York behind her -- smelling a bouquet of flowers. I like this book. Alot.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By "mrsfaganselves" on January 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A photographer, lounging in bed and unaware of the disaster unfolding a few blocks away, is awakened by a colleague with the news of the terror attacks on the World Trade Center.
In New York City for a meeting, and unfamiliar with the territory, he asks his colleague where the WTC is.
"Follow the smoke, country boy," is her reply.
This anecdote resonates on several levels. It tells us about how everyone, it seems, was affected on that day, and it tells us how one photojournalist, one of several Magnum photo agency photographers, was personally touched by the events. He and others, who had come from postings around the world to New York City for a meeting the day before, captured the images of the story of their professional lives. And, of course, it's about the dreadful smoke, the utter devastation as the Twin Towers first burned then collapsed in full view of millions.
The Magnum book is an excellent record of the disaster. Even those who have seen hundreds of photos and TV accounts will find pictures that are worthy of extra study. As a record, it's excellent, though I have yet to find a book that has captured the entire story. It's probably too soon. But the starkness of many of the pictures, the shades of gray and blue as the concrete dust and soot spewed for blocks (and later miles) and then settled on everything an everyone, should be seen in still photo. It's very different from the moving images on TV and demand careful attention.

The photos tell us that people sometimes do strange things, though they may be explicable. There's probably a reason that a woman sat on a rooftop in Brooklyn, with her baby, and watched the disaster, even though the choking smoke must have drifted over her pretty quickly. Perhaps she couldn't look away.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Excellent, moving collection by some of the top working photojournalists alive. Publishing under enormous pressure, within a remarkable timeframe, and proceeds go to an important cause.
The nitpicking reviews are just unbelieveable. News flash: photojournalists working in 35mm, moving rapidly, with dust all over their lenses and film badly scratched from debris in the air will produce images that, when enlarged, look grainy. Look at the images and think about them. Non-photographers criticising technical aspects, as if this was a collection of fashion or outdoor adventure shots, is absurd.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 2001
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As a survivor of the World Trade Center tragedy, I find it difficult to describe to others just what September 11th was like for me. This book places you in the streets of lower Manhattan, capturing the sights and emotions of a day that is burned into my memory. It is almost as if they were looking through my eyes when these pictures were taken. Magnum Photographers has created a fitting tribute to the World Trade Center, New York City, and all of us who were so deeply affected by the events of that day.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Steven K. Szmutko VINE VOICE on November 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Those who were at Ground Zero have indicated that the photographs and television coverage can never give full justice to the scope of this incomprehensive act of villainy. However, this book provides a record as meaningful, as any other printed record, of September 11, now burned into the collective memory and psyche of all Americans. The photographs are indeed spectacular, yet poignantly haunting and tragic documentation of a day that will indeed "Live in Infamy."
The photographers, true professionals all, present these compelling images of the destruction of the WTC, loss of life and subsequent rescue efforts.
A tribute to the World Trade Center, a magnificent not only for its physical structure, but for its role as a symbol of freedom, includes pictures taken since the original construction of the Twin Towers since the 1970's.
Portrayed in its horror, without the sense of exploitation, is what sets this apart from other books. The brief introduction by David Halberstam is also well done.
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