The Falling Man Annotated Bibliography
On September 11,2001 the World Trade Center was attacked which lead to many people losing their lives and the whole country in shock about what happened. There are many different pictures from that day, but one of the more famous pictures is a man falling from the North Tower after Flight 11 crashed into the side of the building. Richard Drew took the picture that captured the still popular picture of the falling man. Everyone knows about 9/11 and that Al Qaeda terrorist were the ones that hijacked the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center. What happened on that day will never be forgotten and will go down in history as a big event that happened in America. Just like all the pictures that were taken that day, they will never be forgotten either because they show what happened that day.
The falling man is just one of the pictures that are popular from that day. This picture is very popular today because no one could identify who the man was or if he jumped or fell out of the North Tower. To this day, no one has solved the mystery of who the man was but many people have different ideas of who it might have been. Many people have come forward to express the opinions on who the man may be but none of those theories were ever proven true. What a lot of people suspect today is the falling man is a guy named Jonathan Briley. Each person that has come forward always had different theories based on the way he looked or the clothes he was wearing. All that people truly know about this picture is the way he fell looks like he was falling peacefully to the ground. People also know that he fell out of the Windows of the World floor that was impacted by the crash. Ever since that picture was taken 15 years ago it has been a mystery to everyone. Out of the 200 people that jumped, he was the one was captured in a picture at 9:41 in the morning. Richard Drew took the picture not knowing that it would become so popular and a big mystery that was never solved. He captured this picture to show everyone a part of what was happening that day and to show what happened to many people.
Anyone that looks at the picture knows that the man looks like an arrow falling from the sky. Many people say that he looks more like he’s flying rather than he’s falling. A lot of people wonder what actually happened to the man, they want to know if he was pushed, fell out of the building, or was blown out of the side of the building due to the impact of the plane. The people that look at the photo can see that he was falling perfectly with the towers and it looks like he is splitting the North Tower away from the South Tower. The man is falling headfirst toward the ground which makes the photo more intriguing because he looks at peace as he falls to his death. Richard Drew took this picture not knowing all the connections people would make to it. A lot of connections have been made to the picture including the man is falling perfectly vertical with the building behind him. The man fell perfectly until he could not be seen anymore. That’s when people knew the falling man was gone. In other pictures of other people who jumped, they all look like they are struggling whereas the falling man looked like he knew he was going to jump or fall out of the building. In other pictures of people falling out of the buildings, they all look like they are scared and did not have another choice whereas in the falling man picture the man looked like he had accepted his fate.
Richard Drew has been to history-making events before like when Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed. He was right behind Bobby Kennedy and was splattered with his blood when he was shot. He automatically started taking pictures there too even though Bobby Kennedy’s wife told all photographers not to take pictures. With this being said, it was no surprise that Richard Drew was taking the picture of the falling man when the attack started. Richard Drew is a press photo-journalist that knew how to take pictures that people would find interesting.
In the end, no one knows who the falling man is or what really happened to him. Even though a lot of people have different theories, none of those theories about the man have been proven true. Richard Drew took a very famous picture of the man falling from the North Tower, which made everyone intrigued by the way the man looked in the picture. In the photo, the man looks like he is flying rather than falling from the building. Everyone that looks at this picture will have a different view on the falling man but everyone will still see a man peacefully falling.
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Junod, Tom. “The Falling Man.” Esquire, Esquire, 11 Sept. 2018, www.esquire.com/news-politics/a48031/the-falling-man-tom-junod/.