The Falling Man | Behind The Photo | 100 Photos | TIME

The Falling Man | Behind The Photo | 100 Photos | TIME


Took an Express Subway train from times square to Chambers [street] which is to stop just before the world trade Center the first thing I saw was the two world trade centers both of them had smoke and fire coming from I just started making my pictures I was photographing the burning building when Emt says oh my gosh. Look at that, and we started seeing people coming down at the building I instinctively picked up my camera and started photographing them following him as they came down Until I photographed what must become known as the falling man It’s a very quiet photograph It’s not like a lot of other violent photographs from other disasters There’s no blood. There’s [no] guts. There’s nobody getting shot, but people react to it in a way that They feel that they can relate to this photograph That they might have been in the same situation, and they might have had to make whatever choice the man in the photograph made You have to be very aware of your surroundings when you’re in a situation like this you [have] to be careful that you don’t become [a] victim journalists don’t run away from falling building We don’t run away from the fire we run to it because it’s our job to record history [I] Didn’t know I [had] that photograph of that man in that position Until I actually saw it on my computer when I got back to [the] office I Called one of our photo editors, and I showed him the picture I said I [this] is it this has got to be the picture this man was like an arrow bisecting the two world trade centers I Woke up the next morning, and I opened up the paper, and there was my photograph of following that It was a very brave thing for them to use that picture it was the only picture that was like that of anybody falling from the building [the] only picture that showed any kind of human interaction [like] that a paper in Allentown Pennsylvania used the picture they put it on their whole back page in the newspaper And then the editor said that it was that important to photograph And he got a lot of mail letters the editor saying he shouldn’t have run this this is not something I want my children to see Tom [Juneau] the author of the esquire article. He’s the one who came up with the name the falling man That was the name of the article And it sort of stuck I’ve never regretted taking that photograph at all. It’s probably one of the only photographs that actually shows someone dying that [day] We have a terrorist attack on our own soil And we still don’t see pictures of our people dying and this is a photograph of someone dying you

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  1. Why this happened
    The Quran contains at least 109 verses that speak of war with nonbelievers, usually on the basis of their status as non-Muslims. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called 'hypocrites' and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.

    Unfortunately, there are very few verses of tolerance and peace to balance out those calling for nonbelievers to be fought and subdued until they either accept humiliation, convert to Islam, or are killed. Muhammad's own martial legacy, along with the remarkable emphasis on violence found in the Quran, have produced a trail of blood and tears across world history.

  2. Quran

    Quran (2:244) – "Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and knoweth all things." (See also: Response to Apologists)

    Quran (2:216) – "Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not." Not only does this verse establish that violence can be virtuous, but it also contradicts the myth that fighting is intended only in self-defense, since the audience was obviously not under attack at the time. From the Hadith, we know that this verse was narrated at a time that Muhammad was actually trying to motivate his people into raiding merchant caravans for loot. (See also: Response to Apologists)

    Quran (3:56) – "As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help." (See also: Response to Apologists)

    Quran (3:151) – "Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority". This speaks directly of polytheists, yet it also includes Christians, since they believe in the Trinity (ie. what Muhammad incorrectly believed to be 'joining companions to Allah').  (See also: Response to Apologists)

    Quran (4:74) – "Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward." The martyrs of Islam are unlike the early Christians, who were led meekly to the slaughter. These Muslims are killed in battle as they attempt to inflict death and destruction for the cause of Allah. This is the theological basis for today's suicide bombers.  (See also: Response to Apologists)

    Quran (4:76) – "Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah, and those who disbelieve, fight in the cause of Taghut (Satan, etc.). So fight you against the friends of Shaitan (Satan)" The Arabic for the word "fight" is from qital, meaning physical combat.

    Quran (4:89) – "They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks." (See also: Response to Apologists)

    Quran (4:95) – "Not equal are those of the believers who sit (at home), except those who are disabled (by injury or are blind or lame, etc.), and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred in grades those who strive hard and fight with their wealth and their lives above those who sit (at home).Unto each, Allah has promised good (Paradise), but Allah has preferred those who strive hard and fight, above those who sit (at home) by a huge reward " This passage criticizes "peaceful" Muslims who do not join in the violence, letting them know that they are less worthy in Allah's eyes. It also demolishes the modern myth that "Jihad" doesn't mean holy war in the Quran, but rather a spiritual struggle. Not only is this Arabic word (mujahiduna) used in this passage, but it is clearly not referring to anything spiritual, since the physically disabled are given exemption. (The Hadith reveals the context of the passage to be in response to a blind man's protest that he is unable to engage in Jihad, which would not make sense if it meant an internal struggle).  (See also: Response to Apologists)

    Quran (4:101) – "And when you (Muslims) travel in the land, there is no sin on you if you shorten your Salat (prayer) if you fear that the disbelievers may attack you, verily, the disbelievers are ever unto you open enemies."  Mere disbelief makes one an "open" enemy of Muslims.

    Quran (4:104) – "And be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy; if you suffer pain, then surely they (too) suffer pain as you suffer pain…" Is pursuing an injured and retreating enemy really an act of self-defense?  (See also: Response to Apologists)

    Quran (5:33) – "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement" (See also: Response to Apologists)

    Quran (8:12) – "(Remember) when your Lord inspired the angels… "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them" No reasonable person would interpret this to mean a spiritual struggle, given that it both followed and preceded confrontations in which non-Muslims were killed by Muslims.  The targets of violence are "those who disbelieve" – further defined in the next verse (13) as those who "defy and disobey Allah." Nothing is said about self-defense.  In fact, the verses in sura 8 were narrated shortly after a battle provoked by Muhammad, who had been trying to attack a lightly-armed caravan to steal goods belonging to other people.  (See also: Response to Apologists)

    Quran (8:15) – "O ye who believe! When ye meet those who disbelieve in battle, turn not your backs to them. (16)Whoso on that day turneth his back to them, unless maneuvering for battle or intent to join a company, he truly hath incurred wrath from Allah, and his habitation will be hell, a hapless journey's end." 

    Quran (8:39) – "And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief)and religion is all for Allah" Some translations interpret "fitna" as "persecution", but the traditional understanding of this word is not supported by the historical context (See notes for 2:193). The Meccans were simply refusing Muhammad access to their city during the pilgrimage. Other Muslims were allowed to travel there – but not as an armed group, since Muhammad had declared war on Mecca prior to his eviction. The Meccans were also acting in defense of their religion, as it was Muhammad's intention to destroy their idols and establish Islam by force (which he later did). Hence the critical part of this verse is to fight until "religion is only for Allah", meaning that the true justification of violence was the unbelief of the opposition. According to the Sira (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 324) Muhammad further explains that "Allah must have no rivals."(See also: Response to Apologists)

    Quran (8:57) – "If thou comest on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that haply they may remember." 

    Quran (8:67) – "It is not for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war until he had made a great slaughter in the land…"

    Quran (8:59-60) – "And let not those who disbelieve suppose that they can outstrip (Allah's Purpose). Lo! they cannot escape. Make ready for them all thou canst of (armed) force and of horses tethered, that thereby ye may dismay the enemy of Allah and your enemy." As Ibn Kathir puts it in his tafsir on this passage, "Allah commands Muslims to prepare for war against disbelievers, as much as possible, according to affordability and availability." (See also: Response to Apologists)

    Quran (8:65) – "O Prophet, exhort the believers to fight…"

    Quran (9:5) – "So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them." According to this verse, the best way of staying safe from Muslim violence at the time of Muhammad was to convert to Islam: prayer (salat) and the poor tax (zakat) are among the religion's Five Pillars. The popular claim that the Quran only inspires violence within the context of self-defense is seriously challenged by this passage as well, since the Muslims to whom it was written were obviously not under attack. Had they been, then there would have been no waiting period (earlier verses make it a duty for Muslims to fight in self-defense, even during the sacred months). The historical context is Mecca after the idolaters were subjugated by Muhammad and posed no threat. Once the Muslims had power, they violently evicted those unbelievers who would not convert.  (See also: Response to Apologists)

    Note: The verse says to fight unbelievers "wherever you find them". Even if the context is a time of battle (which it was not) the reading appears to sanction attacks against those "unbelievers" who are not on the battlefield.  In 2016, the Islamic State referred to this verse in urging the faithful to commit terror attacks: Allah did not only command the 'fighting' of disbelievers, as if to say He only wants us to conduct frontline operations against them. Rather, He has also ordered that they be slain wherever they may be – on or off the battlefield. (source)]

    Quran (9:14) – "Fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the breasts of a believing people." Humiliating and hurting non-believers not only has the blessing of Allah, but it is ordered as a means of carrying out his punishment and even "heals" the hearts of Muslims.

    Quran (9:20) – "Those who believe, and have left their homes and striven with their wealth and their lives in Allah's way are of much greater worth in Allah's sight. These are they who are triumphant." The Arabic word interpreted as "striving" in this verse is the same root as "Jihad". The context is obviously holy war.

  3. This is a metaphor for how it feels to be suicidal. People wonder why someone would kill themselves. When the fire is at your back and all there is left to do is jump, you can only jump because the fire is burning you

  4. هههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههه

  5. SOME OF THESE 3000 PEOPLE KILLED WERE CHILD ABUSERS WIFE ABUSERS DRUG DEALERS & CORRUPT BUISNESS MEN & WOMEN……. SO DONT ACT LIKE WE LOST 3000 GOOD SAMARITANS THAT DAY

  6. I am willing to place my hand on the Bible and ready to pick a JURY right now…I witnessed the drilling through the main support beams !!!!

  7. I think for most of us this was the scariest day of our life and we all remember exactly where we were and what we were doing. Hard to believe it's been 18 years ago. We will NEVER forget…. God rest their souls and God bless America!

  8. This is the reason why I went and decided to wear the bunker gear I remember seeing this on TV when I was a kid this is why I don't bash the police officers why I don't disrespect are veterans are troops over seas this is why I have the thin red line sticker on my back window and for today people criticize that this didn't really happen and it was all set explosion boils my blood we are in a country that we don't got to worry about too much people remember that be grateful for what you have.

  9. How did building 7 catch on fire, let alone implode upon itself? How did a plane get through the "no fly" zone and hit the Pentagon? Why is there no film footage of the plane approaching the Pentagon? Those buildings were professionally demolished.

  10. those sequential shots of the man falling, just pure emotion closing over me, imagine being in his position, choosing to jump or dying from fire & smoke inhalation, it appears as tho others next to him made the same decision, could you image the conversation between them ''lets jump together'' as well as sadness and empathy for them i get the feeling of freedom from these images, much seems so wrong & contradicting by the circumstances they were in.

  11. This video shows you how stupid the people at TIME are with their storytelling. A man in a suit and dress shoes doesn't clean windows you Fucking morons!!

  12. Looks so much like the tarot card The Hanged Man is the card that suggests ultimate surrender, sacrifice, or being suspended in time.

  13. I WILL NOT ALLOW MYSELF TO FEEL SORRY FOR PEOPLE WHO DIDNT CARE ABOUT ANYONE OTHER THAN THEMSELVES. THEY DIDNT STOP TO THINK "OH WHAT IF I HIT SOME POOR KID, OR WHO WILL BE THE ONE FORCED TO SCRAPE MY CARCASS OFF THE CEMENT. DIDNT CARE ABOUT WHERE THEY WENT SPLAT.

  14. That photo is so gut wrenching and act of desperation, none of us, could have ever fathom what this soul faced.He will be always a symbol of sadness, quiet courage for the ages.May he rest in peace.

  15. 'I instinctively took up my camera and started shooting'

    'you have to be aware of your surroundings and don't become a victim'

    'I didn't even realise that I had the picture'

    It's likely that he knew from the moment that he took the picture that he thought about winning journalistic photography awards and becoming famous, he is worried that people will call him a heartless bastard..

    He most likely ran to sell the picture to the highest bidder.

    I'm not particularly upset by this photo, but this guy is just trying to portray himself as someone who he isn't.

  16. Those had to be the bravest people, to make that jump knowing you're going to die. I wonder what went through their heads those last few moments. May they all R.I.P and my condolences to all of their family members

  17. This why when I’m older imma carry a gun in me. If I’m ever in a “you either die this way or this way situation” and they both are terrifying, imma just pop my ass. People say falling to your death is painless, but idk man. I feel like you feel something on impact and then die. One bullet to the hippocampus and you good.

  18. My first time watching this my husband is a survivor it takes a lot for me to watch things like this, but this was absolutely an important way to let the future generation know! My 2 older children watched this happening from their class room windows in 6th and 3rd grades I also had a 1 year old I was crying while holding onto hoping her daddy would be safe. He walked through my front door at 7 pm after walking home from the city to queens where we lived covered in white ash. 18 years later I’m so happy he’s still here! We just celebrated 30 years of marriage!

  19. How cruel can our species get?

    Come on man! We have global warming, pollution, and killings, We human's will be extinct in the year 3430 as scientists believe. Due to our stupidity we humans use (I am sorry if i offended you but be honest…we are going to die, Earth is already dead,Its just the beginning.

  20. This day it didn't Matter who you voted for, what your sexual orientation was, or what you did for work. This day Americans came together, we hugged each other, we cried together, we worried together. I was in Junior High, we didn't really understand what was going on, but we knew it was bad. Now that I'm a mother, I've become more compassionate, I have more empathy. I couldn't imagine not knowing if I'm coming home to my family. When people went to work that day, they thought it would be the usual routine. But, unfortunately terrorists had other plans. To anyone reading this, your life matters, someone out there loves you!

  21. I live in the Nashville area but watched tv that day starting minutes after the first plane hit as if I was a New Yorker. Now it’s the end of Sept 2019 but emotion is still fresh and raw.

  22. "they chose to jump". I get upset that some people are ashamed that they jumped/fell. There was never a choice for them. They didn't choose to be in that situation. The didn't want to die. Sad.

  23. This was the saddest day in America can’t help but cry. I would have done the same thing as this man did. This is one day I’ll always remember. My prayers are with all the families that lost their loved ones in this horrible event. God rest his beautiful soul 🙏🏽🕊

  24. My belly turns going down a water slide. Imagine what it’s like falling 100-200 mph(probably more)straight down from one of the biggest buildings in the world

  25. Sir may you Rest in Peace now… We ALL KNOW THAT OUR OWN GOVERNMENT KILLED YOU AND THOUSANDS OTHERS THAT DAY. I'm sorry that your life ended in such a way that it did

  26. I as there as child ,but democrats say this all was was Islamophobia. This was eternal struggle of islamist. West fails to acknowledge radical islam as problem .when we indian address this problem american media calls us hindu supremist. 26/11 was another such attack .we all know where attackers came from where is terror factory but still to be politically correct everyone calls us , isrealis as bigot and hateful people.we indians and isrealis are saving our land from evil devils of political islam.west would never come to our help even after manchester attack ,boston attacks only because they are confused at labelling islam for this but by the time the west would recognize the problem there would be very late. We indians isrealis would fight for what is was ours but day isnt far london will be londistan , america as americistan and sharia would swarm in lands of free speech .

  27. It's incredible how someone who's own suicide was taken in a picture has their identity yet to be discovered. To be honest, we all look at the picture and we all feel sorry, as if he were a family member or a friend. It's truly saddening to see it, but in a way legendary

  28. I don’t believe we needed a picture of an actual person dying to know lives were lost that day. Publishing that picture was insensitive and morally disgusting.

  29. The number one most scariest and petrifying position to be in life. Die jumping or die burning, God bless these innocent people! They're in a better place now

  30. Jumping off the building you will feel pain before you die because the pain will be 0.1 millisecond then everything will be black.

  31. Congratulations, you made money by showing people facing their last moments. And let's not fool ourselves, everyone clicked this video for morbid reasons.

  32. I was born in 2004 but the people that was there that day I am so sorry you had to go threw that I cried my eyes out seeing this. This is something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy😞😞😞

  33. 9/11 was a result of American imperialism, American interventions in the Middle East and American support to Israeli killers. This was the way " America punished" according to some radical Muslims. It was a warning to you to get out of the Middle East and all Muslim geography. But after 9/11 you made more and more Muslims suffer, all around the world. This was not end. To be continued…. You will suffer too. That does not mean I want it. But policies of American state and government in the Middle East require new punishments for you. Perhaps not today, perhaps not tomorrow. But one day. You will be revenged in a much worse way. Just get away, just get out of the Middle East, Just mind your own business. It is so difficult? But hell no, you want to be hated more.

  34. Note If I'm one of the victim of 9/11 and I'm in the floor or higher floor we're the plane struck… You know I'm dead not dead In the plane impact in my families hearth and mind and I have no choice to die in fire or falling or getting killed by debris because… It my time… Our time….

  35. I have read so many interpretations of this dreadful day, but the story about The Falling Man will always be in my heart. To know that he has not been identified is so sad. He was probably someone's son, someone's father, brother, grandson…….who knows. For those who still mourn their loved ones, maybe this photo is the last bit of hope they have…..each and every one of them.
    Ive read that he was probably unconscious at this point anyway. I dont know what happens in these circumstances…….I only pass on what I read. I hope he was unconscious……that is something we will never know.

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