Just read Tom Junod’s piece, The Falling Man, in the August 03 Esquire. This essay about the people who jumped to their deaths from the World Trade Center buildings references a series of photos taken on site by Richard Drew. In telling the story of the efforts to identify the man in the photo, and to acknowledge the possibly hundreds of people who jumped–or were forced out, as the Port Authority says–Junod writes a graceful and powerful essay about human life in the face of death, and how survivors mourn and remember.
The piece isn’t (yet) available online, but I urge you to pick it up–it is excellent.

Just read Tom Junod’s piece, The Falling Man, in the August 03 Esquire. This essay about the people who jumped to their deaths from the World Trade Center buildings references a series of photos taken on site by Richard Drew. In telling the story of the efforts to identify the man in the photo, and to acknowledge the possibly hundreds of people who jumped–or were forced out, as the Port Authority says–Junod writes a graceful and powerful essay about human life in the face of death, and how survivors mourn and remember.
The piece isn’t (yet) available online, but I urge you to pick it up–it is excellent.