The attack on the World Trade Center was the most watched event in human history. And the footage recorded that day came from myriad perspectives—from TV cameras and tourist snapshots to photographer Thomas E. Franklin’s iconic image of three firefighters raising the American flag at Ground Zero. David Friend explains how that week marked a phase change in the digital age, a moment when all the advances in television, photography, and the Web converged on a single event. A brilliant chronicle of how we process disaster, Watching the World Change is “an elegant and moving examination of the photographic legacy of that day in history….Brings meaning to a terrible time” (New Orleans Times-Picayune).
Includes the exclusive story of the French filmmaker brothers who chronicled the attacks and survived the collapse of the towers.
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“A lucid, thoughtful, and wide-ranging book…David Friend’s excellent writing conveys more of the truth of the day than photographs can.” —Garrison Keillor, The New York Times Book Review“As I read Watching The World Change, my pulse began to quicken. This is an intricately woven tale of that terrible day, and terrible week, that is both gripping and thought-provoking. The images, of course, are seared in our consciousness, but after reading this book you will look at them in a whole new way. Much has been written about 9/11, but David Friend shows it to us as no one has before.” —Anderson Cooper“Compelling…Surely the most original treatment so far of the cultural impact of the day.” —Frank Rich, The New York Times
David Friend, Vanity Fair's editor of creative development, was the directory of photography for Life magazine. He won an Emmy (with Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter) for the documentary 9/11, about two French documentary makers drawn into the disaster. He lives in New Rochelle, New York.