9/11, September 11th Photo: The Moment The Twin Towers Fell, Patrick Witty, Time Magazine, LightBox: “I’ve never known the names behind the faces. Last year I posted the photo on Facebook and Twitter in hopes of discovering their identities. After it was shared more than 10,000 times, I now know two of them.”
I took this photograph exactly 12 years ago today, just as the South Tower of the World Trade Center started to collapse: a cross-section of New Yorkers, united in terror, standing at Park Row and Beekman Street in lower Manhattan. Since then it’s been published dozens of times in newspapers and magazines across the world, but I’ve never known the names behind the faces. Last year I posted the photo on Facebook and Twitter in hopes of discovering their identities. After it was shared more than 10,000 times, I now know two of them.
Edward Tabile contacted me, saying he recognized his father, Benjamin Tabile, as the man in the center wearing the glasses. Benjamin was supposed to be in the World Trade Center towers that day for a job interview but was running late.
“As I walked out of the subway, I saw the building on fire and didn’t know why,” he said. “I was in complete shock. I would have been in that building while the planes hit.”
I want to know them all. If you recognize anyone in this picture, please contact me at email@example.com.
I just checked. Witty has found 6! All the ones in the front.
I’ve identified 6 people in my 9/11 photo thanks to you all. Anthony, Rodger, Benjamin, Ramzy, Alfredo, & Wanda… pic.twitter.com/IpBeBHMjIW
“I discovered six people in the photo (all the main people in the front,” he told The News in an email Wednesday.
The photographer also tweeted his thanks to social media and also the first names of the six people in the front of the photo.