These portraits were taken by Rafael Fuchs on 9.11.01 from the roof of his studio’s building on Bwy and Bleecker St. in NYC.
They are genuine portraits of different individuals that happened to be on the roof , witnessing, from a distance, the catastrophe in progress.
The images depict the bewilderness and astonishment of the witnesses, as the photographer was letting them pose without any guidance.
In a way, the images are a manifestation of “the decisive moment” style photography in terms of recording the moment before the “conclusion” of the physical attack.
In these moments, the emotional reaction of the subjects is forever captured, expressing their response to the beyond-comprehension-event, while not anticipating the tragic collapse of the two iconic towers , and the unfortunate death of thousands of innocent people.
In this body of work there are also images that were taken after the collapse of the towers, either as grabs from TV programs at that time , or images from the actual scenes on the streets of NY.
Rafael would like to express his deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims.