The image of ‘The Falling Man’ is one of the most enduring images of the tragedy of 9/11, in which the Twin Towers of the US World Trade Center collapsed after being hit by a hijacked plane.
Photograph taken by Richard Drew after the horrific attacks shows a man falling to his untimely death against the backdrop of the steel frame of the North Tower. This is far from the only picture of the death of unfortunate souls during the attacks of September 11, 2001. However, the structure of the image is what sets it apart.
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The image shows a lone figure that completely divides the iconic towers as it darts toward Earth. Although he has not chosen his fate, he appears to have adopted it in the last moments of his life. He appears relaxed and at ease in the grip of unimaginable speed. His arms are at his side, his left leg bent at the knee, almost casually.
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In all the other paintings, while those who did what he did – the one who jumped – struggled against terrifying discrepancies of scale, in contrast, the man in the image was perfectly vertical, and in line with the lines of the buildings behind him.
According to SirThe iconic photo is one of a series of 12 images taken by photojournalist Richard Drew. While “The Falling Man” gives the impression that its subject is falling straight down, in reality, he did not fall with the precision of an arrow. He fell like everyone else, like all other jumpers – soaring in the air.
The image was published in newspapers around the US in the days following the attack, however, reader reaction forced it into temporary obscurity.
Speaking about the picture, Mr. Drew previously said that several newspaper readers had complained about the image over the years, saying “they didn’t want to see it on their morning corn flakes”. However, he also said that he believes the image is important because it shows “a very important part of the story”.
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“It wasn’t just a building collapse, people were involved. It affected people’s lives that way at the time, and I think that’s why it’s an important picture. I didn’t capture this person’s death. I was their Captured part of life. That’s what they decided to do, and I think I’ve preserved it,” he said.
The identity of the Falling Man is still unknown. However, according to New Zealand HeraldAttempts have been made to identify the man, and several theories have been put forward. It is possible that the man worked at Windows on the World, a restaurant at the top of the North Tower, which lost 79 of its employees. It is also possible that he worked at the catering service Fort Food, which lost 21 employees, mostly Indians, Arabs and Latinos.