Many thousands of images were taken of the destruction that befell the US on September 11, 2001. The deadly attacks by Al Qaeda with four hijacked passenger planes saw the total destruction of the World Trade Center, an assault on the Pentagon and the brave deaths of passengers who overpowered terrorists on United Flight 93. These harrowing images stand as a memorial to the 2,977 innocents who died.
Freelance photo editor Kelly Price was in Manhattan on the morning of September 11 on a job. After the first hit on the Twin Towers, she dashed into a corner shop and bought some disposable cameras. As the first of the towers started to collapse, Price fled but stopped for a moment to capture this shot.
An unknown and exhausted rescue worker takes a break from his work. The horror and the stress of 9/11 are plain to see in his face and his body language. Rescue workers – firefighters, police medics and others – were the heroes of the horrific events of 9/11. Ezra Shaw took this photo for Getty.