The terror assault of September 11, 2001, in which nearly 3,000 perished, was the most widely viewed breaking-news event in human history. And as the horrors unfolded, thousands of bystanders, professional photographers, and TV-news crews took tens of thousands of images and filled untold hours of videotape. On television alone, the scenes were witnessed that day by an estimated two billion people—a third of the human race. On the 10th anniversary of the attacks, David Friend, a Vanity Fair editor, reissues Watching the World Change: The Stories Behind the Images of 9/11 (Picador). The book examines the pivotal role that photographs play in modern life, as seen through the prism of the most tragic week in U.S. history since World War II.
Vanity Fair's portfolio of Ground Zero heroes.
Read an excerpt from Watching the World Change.
The Full 2001 Vanity Fair 9/11 Memorial Issue