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8:30 AM, Tuesday 9/11/2001. One of the last known pics of the WTC before the 9/11 attacks.

8:30 AM, Tuesday 9/11/2001. One of the last known pics of the WTC before the 9/11 attacks.

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  • Lumbertech

    “On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, photographer David Monderer set out to capture the grand New York City skyline from the recently opened pedestrian walkway on the Manhattan Bridge.

    Carrying a medium format camera and tripod, he left his apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and headed for a downtown subway, unaware that his opportunity to photograph the Twin Towers was waning.When he emerged from the subway,

    Monderer found a brilliant blue sky – a pristine background to accentuate the towers’ elegance and symmetry. He began to cross the bridge toward Brooklyn and set up his tripod and camera, using an opening in the walkway’s fence for an unimpeded view of the skyline.

    At approximately 8:30 a.m., he focused the lens and clicked down on the camera’s shutter.

    The photographs would be some of the last to be taken of the Twin Towers.

    Monderer packed up his equipment and began his return to Manhattan when he heard a loud crash. American Airlines Flight 11 had struck the upper floors of the North Tower, tearing into its north facade as smoke billowed from the gash into the otherwise clear sky.

    The time was 8:46 a.m.
    Less than two hours later, the towers had collapsed.In the series, the Brooklyn Bridge stands in the foreground but the Twin Towers dominate the frame.

    The last photo Monderer took of the unscathed skyline is now on display in the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
    Each day, thousands of visitors bear witness to a vast collection of photos and artifacts that preserve the history of 9/11.
    Just as the day began, visitors begin their path through the museum at Monderer’s photograph to observe and reflect on the moment before the world changed.

    While much of lower Manhattan has been rebuilt and pieces of the World Trade Center exist only as relics of the past, Monderer’s photograph brings the Twin Towers back into view, and with them, a comforting reminder of those who brought them to life.”

    Source: [the 9/11 Memorial Website](

  • gmoney88

    I remember filling up my car with my corporate card that day. I was driving to a business function, but it was 10 mins away and wouldn’t take a full tank. As I pumped, I thought “no one is going to remember what day this was on my expenses. It’s just another day”

  • scottartguy

    I also remember that morning, the days before were cloudy and muggy. As I walked my kids to the bus stop I recall how what a nice change to have a clear, crisp and refreshing morning. It changed quickly as I was driving to work listening to Howard Stern and he said a plane crashed into the tower…

  • barktothefuture

    I’ve never noticed the different colored grey strip on one side about halfway up on both buildings. Is that always there or just something on this photo?

  • scrubjays

    There was a reason it was such a clear day. The terrorists, who were all inexperienced pilots, needed it to be clear or they could have never found the towers from the air.

  • bezerker211

    God. They were so tall compared to everything else. I was born in 98, so I dont remember a time before the attacks. I cant imagine the pain people feel who lost loved ones that day, to look at the sky and just instinctually know that something is missing. It baffles me that people can be just so evil, to kill and destroy at all, instead of making the world a better place. It’s so heartbreaking

  • Bolt_995

    I’m glad I had the opportunity to visit the WTC in May 2001, something that many Americans of my age never got to do. And I’m not even an American.

    I was 5 and a half then. The memory of my mother taking my siblings and me up to the rooftop of the South Tower, and using those coin-operated binoculars to view the Hudson River is something I will never ever forget. It was my first trip to the US.

    I was standing in shock as I saw the very tower that I once went up on collapsed right before my eyes on live television on September 11th, 2001.

  • Most-Pangolin-9874

    I had put my daughter on the school bus that morning. I sat down on my couch to watch some today show then I was going to start my cleaning. They interrupted their talking with news a small plane had crashed into the tower. As I sat there watching the second plane flew into the 2nd tower. Then pentagon was hit and the plane they believed was headed for white house crashed in the field thanks to all those brave souls. It was horrific and coverage ran 24/7 for over a week. Was such a beautiful day too. They were trying to figure out with such clear skies a plane hit the tower.

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