Photos of the Week: What We Saw

Posted on September 16, 2011


There was no doubt that the week’s news in the U.S. would be dominated by the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Visually, the anniversary was marked by remembrance, self-assessment, and surprising notes of beauty as the country moved past the era 9/11 era, looking back and looking ahead. The world itself never stops moving of course, and photographers were on hand to capture scenes in Libya, where Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi is still at large; in Pakistan, where unrest still rages; and in Nairobi, where a terrible fire destroyed a man’s family. And there were the faces in the news—new faces, and new faces disguised as faces from the past, all eternally young and beautiful.



9/11, Part 1 Photo by Nigel Parry

Approaching the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the U.S., newspapers and magazines searched for ways to cover the story without crossing the blurry line between poignancy and exploitation. It was not always easy, but People Weekly succeeded with a cover story about children who lost fathers a decade ago. The tale of loss was told in the eyes of nine-year-old Lauren McIntyre, photographed by Nigel Parry.


9/11.  Part 2 Photos by Marco Grob

Time magazine sent photographer Marco Grob to capture the faces of people connected to 9/11 in one way or another. Here: photojournalist James Nachtway, who was nearly buried when one of the Trade Center towers fell; former Vice President Dick Cheney, who helped lead the U.S.’s response; U.S. Army Sergeant Joshua Frappier, who enlisted because of 9/11; Nora Mosquera, foster mother of a Marine killed in Iraq; New York City Assistant Fire Chief Jospeph Pfeifer, a 9/11 first responder; and Hermes Moutardier, an American Airlines flight attendant who helped stop Richard Reid from exploding a bomb hidden in his shoe on a flight from Paris to Miami on December 22, 2001.


9.11, Part 3 Photo by Matt Rourke/AP

What was a scene of devastation has been transformed, too slowly for many. But photographer Matt Rourke captured the hushed splendor of Ground Zero today. The memorial site has become the focal point of a Lower Manhattan that is more vibrant and filled with life and light than it was 10 years ago.


9/11, Part 4 Photo from EPA

The tabloid New York Daily News a gatefold cover showing a mourner at the Ground Zero memorial, Robert Pereza, kneeling at the inscribed name of his son, who was killed in the attack.


Libya Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/AP

Libyan rebels said last week that they had Col. Muammar el Qaddafi surrounded, but he remains at large. Photographer Alexandre Meneghini photographed one rebel at the last checkpoint between Tarhouna and Bani Walid, apparently content to wait for Qaddafi’s capture.


The West Bank Photo by Alaa Badarneh/EPA

The United Nations Security Council votes this week on whether to allow Palestinian membership in the U.N. Meanwhile, weekly protests against settlements in the occupied West Bank continue. Here, a protester waves a Palestinian flag as smoke and acrimony swirl in the air.


Kenya Photo by Ben Curtis/AP T

he smoke from a gasoline-pipeline explosion in Nairobi had already cleared when Ben Curtis photographed Joseph Mwangi, 34, who had just discovered the bodies of two of his children.


Faces, Part 1 Photos by Hendrick Kerstens

As another season of television gets underway, the New York Times Magazine asked this week whether there was in fact art tucked away into some corners of the Vast Wasteland. The answer is yes, when the art is supported by supporting actors and actresses like Kelly Macdonald from HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Peter Dinklage from HBO’s Game of Thrones, and Alec Baldwin from NBC’s 30 Rock. The trio and several other performers were spotlighted in the classiest of light by photographer Hendrick Kerstens.


Faces, Part 2 Photos by Norman Jean Roy

The dazzling Sofia Vergara was not included in the New York Times Magazine television portfolio, and I’m afraid it was an egregious oversight: Vergara, a former model from Colombia, has emerged as a formidable comedy actress on the ABC television series American Family. Luckily, Vanity Fair was wise enough to feature these Norman Jean Roy photographs of her in its October issue.


Faces, Part 3 Photo by Annie Leibovitz

What would it have been like if Marilyn Monroe had been around for Annie Leibovitz to photograph? Something like this. The October issue of Vogue features Leibovitz’s pictures of actress Michelle Williams, who portrays Monroe in the new film My Week with Marilyn. In this photograph, Leibovitz recreates one of the iconic images that photographer Ed Feingersh shot of the real Marilyn in 1955, complete with towering New York landmark.