By w, the story of September 11 has been burned into our collective memory, but few have seen New York from the perspective of Magnum photographers. Eleven members of the legendary photo agency immediately dispersed from their monthly meeting in New York as the events unfolded to document the incomprehensible. Their photographs, by turns haunting, surreal, and breathtaking, are collected together in New York September 11, by Magnum Photographers, compellingly presented in this high-quality edition from powerHouse Books. From their various vantage points we are transported to Ground Zero to witness the destruction of the World Trade Center, the buildings' implosion which sent thousands fleeing through the streets from debris, only to return to the scene in quiet observation and respect for the rescue workers whose jobs had only begun and of the mourners who had been gathering struck with grief.
Magnum Photos, founded in 1947 by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa, is a co-operative of nearly sixty photographers. Having worked for nearly every major publication in the world for the past half century, they are particularly well known for their seminal photo essays, including Vietnam Inc. by Phillip Jones in the sixties and Gypsies by Josef Koudelka in the seventies. David Halberstam is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and acclaimed author of numerous novels including War in a Time of Peace, The Best and the Brightest, and The Fifties.