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September 11th, 2011. Ten years have gone by. The first big shock of the 21st century. Everyone remembers where they were. Everyone remembers a picture. Tens of thousands were taken that day. The entire world published them, discovered them, saved them. However September 11th was the last historic event in our history to be partially covered. The reason: Technology, film. Digital was only just emerging. Imagine September 11th today: You would have had everything, the interior of the four planes, the condemned areas in the two towers. Everything would have been broadcast. Good or bad? That is not the debate. It just marks the end of innocence. Today we would see everything.
Today we are presenting two exclusive stories by Didier Rapaud and Jim Wilson. They were the photo directors for Paris Match and the New York Times. And an account by Gilles Peress, one of that day's key photographers. We are also featuring three books, Portraits of Grief by the New York Times, a unique compilation in images and text of those lost. Watching the world change by David Friend, a compilation of videos made that day, and Here is New York, an account of hundreds of professional and amateur photographers. We also tell you Bill Biggart's story, the only photographer who perished that day, and we are featuring pictures from ICP's current exhibition (International Center of Photography).