Richard Drew on photographing the "Falling Man" on 9/11
Category: News & PoliticsVia: krishna • 6 days ago • 9 comments
After almost six decades as a photographer, Richard Drew has learned a basic rule: "That you can be two hours early, but you can't be a 60th-of-a-second late. In other words, if you're not there when it happens, you can't take a picture of it."
Drew, who has worked for the Associated Press for the past 51 years, was there in time to capture Frank Sinatra escorting Jackie Onassis … Muhammad Ali delivering a knockout punch … and Ross Perot bursting into the 1992 presidential race in a way that so captured the pepper pot billionaire, it helped AP win the Pulitzer Prize.
But on September 11, 2001, when he made one of the most searing pictures of that day, he was not at the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m., or 9:03 a.m., when the planes hit the towers. He had been on assignment at a maternity fashion show in Midtown when his office called: "'A plane has hit the World Trade Center,' very calmly," he recalled.
He dove into the subway and emerged on the southern tip of Manhattan.
Correspondent John Dickerson asked, "When did you start making pictures?"
"The minute I came out of the subway," Drew replied.
"What's going through your mind when you're taking them?"
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