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By Karen Engle

An evocative examine photographs of Sept. 11 and the way they give a contribution to our cultural reminiscence.

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Identification and recognition do not indicate comprehension. Moreover, the final tally remains elusive; after more than two years of searching, the exact number of victims was still uncertain. Although 19,936 remains have been found, they have not all been matched for positive identification. 25 The failure to recover, the failure to name, the failure to account – all of these instances epitomize the experience of what has come to be called “9/11,” the name itself operating more as a compulsive repetition than as a sign of recognition or comprehension of the event.

9). Judge died administering last rites to an injured fire- 34 Seeing Ghosts Fig. , eds, Here Is New Fig. , eds, Here Is New York: A Democracy of Photographs, 124. York: A Democracy of Photographs, 330. Zurich, Berlin, and New York: Scalo, 2002. Zurich, Berlin, and New York: Scalo, 2002. fighter in the lobby of the north tower; he had removed his helmet to perform the ritual. Killed in the line of duty when the south tower collapsed, filling the north tower lobby with debris, he brought a face – a known face with a function and a purpose – to the disaster scene.

AP photo by Richard Drew – #01091108483. 30 Seeing Ghosts 2003). Like the video images of the second plane crashing into the south tower, which initially saw compulsive play in the first hours following impact, Falling Man was pulled in the interest of common decency, as an attempt to protect viewers from any further visual trauma. The comparison to pornography is not idle, particularly given David Levi Strauss’s assertion, cited in my introduction, that “On September 11th, more people clicked on documentary news photographs than on pornography for the first (and only) time in the history of the Internet” (2003, 184).

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