Starred Review. Friend, a former director of photography at Life and currently editor of creative development at Vanity Fair, writes: "For many of us, photos are the glue we use to hold in place the disjointed bits of fiction and fact that make up the stories of our lives." In this important analysis of how images of 9/11 and the "war on terror" have altered our understanding of power, world politics, religion and identity, he successfully merges reportage and analysis as he interprets the images of falling towers, panic in Manhattan streets and prisoners at Abu Ghraib that have been burned into our brains. But Friend elevates the book to a higher level with his iridescent commentary on the broad political and philosophical implications of 9/11 photography. For example, he recognizes the need to identify victims of a disaster as well as the Orwellian impulses in potential federal programs to create national photo ID cards. And he takes on such complicated issues as self-censorship in the media and how the Bush administration quickly learned how to use images to kick-start and maintain the war on terror. Lucidly written and urgently argued, this essential book is a valuable addition to literature on contemporary media and current politics. (Sept.)
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Friend, Emmy Award-winning executive director of the documentary 9/11, offers a perspective on the terrorist attack from the actions and emotions of photographers on hand that day. Pros and amateurs, fashion photographers and news photographers--some wrestling with the ethics of photographing such a tragedy, others gladly taking advantage of being in the right place at the right time for a once-in-a-lifetime shot--recall the harrowing physical and emotional positions they took to get their shots with Leicas, Mamiyas, and disposable cameras. A photographer who was at home when the nearby World Trade Center was struck started taking shots, then put down her camera in favor of her rescue skills and equipment. Others recall focusing on the humans in the foreground, providing perspective and registering their own emotions and sense of personal danger. From the iconic photo of three firefighters raising the American flag at ground zero to photos of the missing that were posted in the days and weeks following the disaster, this compelling book demonstrates the power and pathos of an unforgettable event. Vanessa Bush
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Incredibly moving book. I would suggest everyone take a look at it to gather a better understanding of history.Published 6 months ago by Abe
It's obvious why it took the author so long to write this book. Meticulously researched I was surprised at the stories I didn't know. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was sent to me in almost perfect condition. It is a slightly used library copy, but that means the cover is protected by special library clear sheets and all the pages... Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by angel wolf
Having recently seen David Friend on tv, I read his book, originally produced five years ago. In many ways this is a terrific retrospective on 9/11, told through photographers'... Read morePublished on October 19, 2011 by Jon Hunt
The title and summary intrigued me. The glowing reviews from people like Anderson Cooper and Dan Rather drew me closer. Read morePublished on September 7, 2010 by Amazon Customer
Some very interesting photos which I have not seen previously. Powerful and commanding. Much of what is available is very watered down and does not truly capture the horror of... Read morePublished on August 10, 2008 by RK
David Friend has collected some outstanding pictures and informative interviews in Watching the World Change. Read morePublished on January 10, 2008 by James Carragher
A very well written book in an "intimate" style, it shares many heretofore unavailable "takes" of that day. Read morePublished on January 18, 2007 by Aeolus
This book had incredible stories, I have read this book several times and continue to pick it up and read it again. The only thing that bothered me was the lack of photographs. Read morePublished on January 3, 2007 by Georgia Sheron