Friday, May 22, 2009

The Best of Photojournalism 2002 > Still Photography Entries > Attack on America Picture Story > The Washington Post.

A completely new resource for me is a six-year-old web effort at awarding honors for taking pictures on September 11, 2001, and its aftermath. While nothing of particular interest is readily apparent, the imagery does help flesh out a skimpy narrative.

The Best of Photojournalism 2002 Still Photography Entries > Attack on America Picture Story > The Washington Post.

STORY SUMMARY-The scene at the Pentagon was chaotic. The fear of more planes in the air sent rescue workers and employees scattering at least a half a dozen times. Washington had plenty more targets to go for than the just the Pentagon so everyone was on high alert. The people employed at the Pentagon are military and expressions were more determined than shocked. They knew there was a job to do, but like New York, where to begin? The wounded were treated but there were so many more somewhere. The sense of urgency waned as stubborn fires and a realization that the buildings secure structure (impenetrable windows) made the likelihood of survivors inconceivable. The job at hand became less of rescue and more of recovery. While firefighters were thanked and flags were carried, the mourners mourned and the community redirected its effort
TERROR -Confusion everywhere as threats of other approaching aircrafts send emergency personel and pentagon employees scrambling for cover as fires rage from the initial impact.

WAR ON WASHINGTON-PLEDGE-Americans join together for the national anthem at one of the many benefits for the victims of the Pentagon.

WAR ON WASHINGTON-NIGHT CREW Firefighters and investigators work the area around the impact site well into the night to put out the fires and try to ventilate the area for search and rescue.

WAR ON WASHINGTON-SAVING THE COLORS-US Marine Dan Pantaleo carries the Marine Corps flag retrieved from a 4th floor Marine Corp office. Everything in the office was destroyed except the flag. On the left is civilian firefighter Eric Jones, in the silver suit is US Army SSG Chris Braman and far right is Capt Jared Hansbrough. The four walked the flag from the Pentagon to the hand deliver it to General Michael Williams, the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.

WAR ON WASHINGTON-DAMAGEFirefighters investigate from the roof of the pentagon near the impact site.

WAR ON WASHINGTON-SURVIVORS-Two survivors of the terrorist attack look on from a nearby pentagon parking lot.

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