Icons: The 9/11 Covers

Posted on September 10, 2011

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After the the terrorist attacks ten years ago, magazines of all kinds responded with journalism of epic scale. The scope and depth of the event were reflected on their covers. A decade on, with the future of print in question, one wonders whether the power of photography and graphic design seen after 9/11 will ever be equaled.  At any rate,  you can see a collection of covers on the SPD website; here are some of the best:

The New Yorker, September 24, 2001. Illustration: Art Spiegelman, art director: Francoise Mouly.

People, September 24, 2001. Photograph: Robert A. Cumins/Black Star, design director: Philip Simone.

Newsweek, September 24, 2001. Photograph: Thomas E. Franklin, director of covers: Bruce Ramsay, assistant managing editor for design: Lynn Staley.

Time, September 24, 2001. Photograph: Doug Mills, design director: Arthur Hochstein.

New York, September 24, 2001. Photograph: AP/Wide World Photos, design director: Michael Picon, photo director: Chris Dougherty.

The Village Voice, September 25, 2001. Photograph: Andre Souroujon, art director: Ted Keller.

The New York Times Magazine, September 23, 2001. Art director: Janet Froelich, designer: Joel Cuyler, photo editor: Kathy Ryan. “Phantom Towers” conceived by Paul Myoda and Julian LaVerdiere, original photograph by Fred R. Conrad, digital manipulation by The New York Times.

Rolling Stone, October 25, 2001. Photograph: Davies + Starr, photography director: Fiona McDonagh, art director: Fred WoodwaFortune, October 1, 2001. Art director: Blake Taylor.

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