It has been 17 years since the devastating 9/11 attacks. Coverage of the American Airlines flight 11 tragedy during which nearly 3,000 perished was the main priority that day for most Western news agencies (the scenes of the twin towers collapsing were witnessed by an estimated two billion people - a third of the human race). Together with amateur records, this has produced such an incredible amount of 9/11 photos, some of it is rarely seen even today.

Bored Panda has collected some of the least seen 9/11 stories from across the internet. From street-shots of the twin towers attack to satellite images of New York City, these historical photos are revealing new angles of the horrific day that changed the world forever. For more similar September 11 shots, check out this powerful book by David Friend.

#1

A Knot Of Bystanders At Park Row And Beekman Street Look Up As The South Tower Begins To Collapse

A Knot Of Bystanders At Park Row And Beekman Street Look Up As The South Tower Begins To Collapse

Patrick Witty Report

EmptySoul
Community Member
3 years ago

Most expressive pic of all pics. No matter your color, caste, religion, when such in-human and horrifying thing occurs, we all weep and bleed same color.

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#2

At Rector Street And Broadway, A Photographer Leaned Out His Window With A Medium-format Camera And Caught The Moment Before The Second Plane’s Impact

At Rector Street And Broadway, A Photographer Leaned Out His Window With A Medium-format Camera And Caught The Moment Before The Second Plane’s Impact

Rob Howard Report

Cat Meow
Community Member
3 years ago

Looking at all these pictures gives me goosebumps and flash backs to that day

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#3

People Falling From The Towers

People Falling From The Towers

David Surowiecki Report

John L
Community Member
3 years ago

Burning to death is the most painful thing, and it isn't any wonder that so many choose a quick death over the ultimate torture.

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#4

People Run Down Broadway As A Smoke And Dust Cloud Comes Up The Street From The Collapsing World Trade Center Buildings In New York

People Run Down Broadway As A Smoke And Dust Cloud Comes Up The Street From The Collapsing World Trade Center Buildings In New York

Kelly Price Report

Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

It's so sad that this is real and not the screenshot of some action film.

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#5

A Man Has A Job To Do

A Man Has A Job To Do

Melanie Einzig Report

John L
Community Member
3 years ago

This does not surprise me at all. When I was in graduate school I worked the midnight shift at UPS, in Knoxville. Everything was 100% about getting the packages shipped and delivered. Management never slowed down. Everyone worked non stop from the moment they clocked in until they clocked out. In other words, you were paid well, but earned every penny made. Its the most 'workaholic' company in the world, I kid you not.

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#6

As Seen Through A Fish-Eye Lens From An Apartment Four Blocks Away, Smoke Streams From The North Tower Within Minutes Of The First Plane’s Attack

As Seen Through A Fish-Eye Lens From An Apartment Four Blocks Away, Smoke Streams From The North Tower Within Minutes Of The First Plane’s Attack

Patricia McDonough Report

EmptySoul
Community Member
3 years ago

I am sure who ever took this pic, will never forget the view entire life. Horrific, terrible and sad.

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#7

American Airlines Flight 11 (Visible In The Upper Right-Hand Corner Of The Photo) Approaches The North Tower Of The World Trade Center On September 11, 2001

American Airlines Flight 11 (Visible In The Upper Right-Hand Corner Of The Photo) Approaches The North Tower Of The World Trade Center On September 11, 2001

American Airlines Flight 11 (visible in the upper right-hand corner of the photo) approaches the north tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. This largely unknown triptych (the subsequent images follow), shot from a Brooklyn window, was part of an ongoing Internet art exhibition that displayed updated panoramas of downtown Manhattan every four seconds. A time code can be seen in the lower right-hand corner of each frame.

Wolfgang Staehle Report

Greg Hoggarth
Community Member
3 years ago

I recall there being very little footage of the first plane hitting, so this might be amongst that scarce record.

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#8

South Tower Of The World Trade Center Collapsing

South Tower Of The World Trade Center Collapsing

Bolivar Arellano Report

EmptySoul
Community Member
3 years ago

omg, this is so unreal. wonder how this person or camera survived. I have never seen any pic before captured at this angle showing tower collapse. OP must be couple of hundred meters near or less than the base of building.

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#9

The South Tower Disintegrates, Raining Debris Behind A Cross Atop Trinity Church

The South Tower Disintegrates, Raining Debris Behind A Cross Atop Trinity Church

James Nachtwey / VII for Time Report

EmptySoul
Community Member
3 years ago

I wonder if that cross was still standing post both buildings collapsed.

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#10

Not Yet Realizing A Terrorist Attack Was In Progress, Architect And Amateur Pilot Isabel Daser, Eight Months Pregnant, Asked A Co-Worker To Take Her Portrait As A Record Of The Day

Not Yet Realizing A Terrorist Attack Was In Progress, Architect And Amateur Pilot Isabel Daser, Eight Months Pregnant, Asked A Co-Worker To Take Her Portrait As A Record Of The Day

Daser Bessler Report

Eirik Guttulsrud
Community Member
3 years ago

None of them seem aware :/

Eva Duskova
Community Member
3 years ago

There is bunch of ppl in the back being aware

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Tracey Hunt
Community Member
3 years ago

Again - the juxtaposition is amazing. Death and destruction in the background - brand new life in the foreground.

Anne Heidel
Community Member
3 years ago

I was 8 months pregnant that day too.

Melinda Surányi
Community Member
3 years ago

that child is 16 now... born to a new world

Kimberly Cagle
Community Member
3 years ago

I was 8 months pregnant that day with my daughter as well. I will never forget that day. I was on my way to work when I heard on the radio. Pray for Peace !!

Nandita Bp
Community Member
3 years ago

This photo is a reminder of what a world we are getting our kids into

Tracy Longley
Community Member
4 months ago

Looking at the photo and how far down the impact site is, that's the South Tower which means the North Tower was hit twenty minutes prior so she knew. She just wanted a souvenir pic...

Linda Harms
Community Member
4 months ago

WTF is wrong with her? People streamed out of buildings onto the street because of the terrorist attack, and she wants a picture of herself to document the event?

Wendy J Shores
Community Member
2 years ago

I had my daughter a month to the day after 9/11 so I was in the same condition that day. I hope this woman and her baby were ok, so many who inhaled the asbestos and glass that have died since that day. So damn sad...

In tomorrow
Community Member
3 years ago

She have to stay at home

Ingrid Tsai
Community Member
3 years ago

She was just standing there clueless, just like some others in the crowd while many others looked in horror

Valerie Linares
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow, what a haunting photo. It's hard to put words to how powerful this photo is.

Alicia L. Alonso
Community Member
1 year ago

That baby is now an adult...

Vicki White
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm from Australia and was up in the very early hours of our morning over here lBreast feeding my newborn baby.... I watched this unfold on CNN.... I was stunned.... And held her oh so close

Tabitha Taveira
Community Member
3 years ago

I was 8 months pregnant that day as well. So many women commenting this. Weird!

Jude
Community Member
3 years ago

The whole thing took only seconds to happen. The explosive crash would've likely been muffled by the noise of a big city and it would've taken a minute or less for the horror of the situation to spread to everyone from the initial few who would've noticed at this difference. If someone had shot the exact same scene a minute or two later, no one would still be unaware.

Liz Berg
Community Member
3 years ago

The guy in the white shirt about 4 people in front of her is aware!

Liz Berg
Community Member
3 years ago

The guy about 4 people in front of her in the white shirt sees it!

Sophie G
Community Member
3 years ago

iconic

Wendy J Shores
Community Member
1 year ago

My daughter was born a month to the day after Sept 11th. It was so scary!

Wendy J Shores
Community Member
3 years ago

I gave birth to my daughter one month to the day later, October 11, 2001. 9/11 was such a nightmare, it will never be forgotten or forgiven.

Cheyenne Sage
Community Member
3 years ago

For clarity. It sort of sounds hostile, seeing as how one wonders who not to forgive.

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Kathrin Bextermöller
Community Member
1 year ago

yeah lets call it terrorist attack ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Jeppe Severin
Community Member
3 years ago

I think that everyone who still believes the official "Osama & the 19 Li'l Hijackers" story should watch the 5 hour documentary "September 11 - The New Pearl Harbor" to understand why the official story is literally "fake news." And no - fcts are not (conspiracy)theories.

WINSLOW LEACH
Community Member
3 years ago

I'd like to see a coffee shop full of Jews who were all paged by Odigo to stay away from the towers. 911-mossad...cdf633.jpg 911-mossad-netanyahu-59b97a3cdf633.jpg

Arielle Elise
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3 years ago

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This is a photoshopped picture. Research it. You can't find it anywhere.

Steno RT Kaluba
Community Member
3 years ago

Just because you can find that image anywhere it doesn't mean that it's photoshopped.

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Bway_Gonnabe11
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3 years ago

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she was really carrying low.

Xenia
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3 years ago

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Sorry, but I don't get it, didn't she see the smoke cloud?

EmptySoul
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3 years ago

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Hey look that building on fire, OP: no sh*t, click my picture first.

blugeagua
Community Member
3 years ago

They just said that the picture was taken before they saw what was going on. If you'll notice, many people are unaware. It had JUST happened.

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Alexandra Von Raven
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3 years ago

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This is fake

Madina Abduvokhidova
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3 years ago

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It wasn't a terrorist attack btw.

Martin Olcese
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3 years ago

Finally hahahaha took you long enough

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#11

The Second Plane Flew Directly Over My Head And Slammed Into The South Tower. It Took Me A Few Seconds To Get My Head Together, And This Was The Shot I Took

The Second Plane Flew Directly Over My Head And Slammed Into The South Tower. It Took Me A Few Seconds To Get My Head Together, And This Was The Shot I Took

Marc A. Garrett Report

EmptySoul
Community Member
3 years ago

I would probably print this and hang in my study as a reminder of world is not a fair place. So many peaceful and innocent lives were lost this day, so many people lost their loved ones, and for what?

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#12

I Was 4 Years Old And The Picture Was Taken Along The Westside Highway That Morning On 9/11

I Was 4 Years Old And The Picture Was Taken Along The Westside Highway That Morning On 9/11

AustinSansone Report

Isabel Tamayo
Community Member
3 years ago

Who would have thought? Walking on a busy street, the weather is nice and sunny. You click a picture of your son and suddenly see the tragedy at the background. Really sad.

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#13

A Lone Man Runs Down Broadway As A Smoke And Dust Cloud Comes Up The Street From The Collapsing World Trade Center Buildings In New York September 11, 2001

A Lone Man Runs Down Broadway As A Smoke And Dust Cloud Comes Up The Street From The Collapsing World Trade Center Buildings In New York September 11, 2001

Kelly Price Report

Tracey Hunt
Community Member
3 years ago

To be and feel alone, with that behind you. Absolutely devastating.

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#14

9/11

9/11

luke kurtis Report

Lara B.
Community Member
3 years ago

What a strong picture!

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#15

Smoke Plumes Are Clearly Visible In This Landsat 7 Satellite Image Of New York City Made Early On September 12

Smoke Plumes Are Clearly Visible In This Landsat 7 Satellite Image Of New York City Made Early On September 12

NASA Report

logical fallacy
Community Member
3 years ago

One of the scariest accounts I've read on 9/11 is that of a woman who worked nearby and lived not-so-nearby. In her mind, the most horrifying was the smell of burnt debris and people that engulfed te city in the following days. I can see why now.

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#16

A Plane Explodes After Hitting The Second Tower Of The World Trade Center As The Other Tower Burns

A Plane Explodes After Hitting The Second Tower Of The World Trade Center As The Other Tower Burns

Sara K. Schwittek Report

EmptySoul
Community Member
3 years ago

O' dear lord, please spare me from seeing such images again in my lifetime, or my children or anyone after that. It scarred me for life, don't want to happen with this anyone, anymore.

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#17

Penman Got As Close To The Buildings As He Could, Before Police Put Up A Cordon. But That Meant He Was Right Next To The Buildings When The First Tower Collapsed

Penman Got As Close To The Buildings As He Could, Before Police Put Up A Cordon. But That Meant He Was Right Next To The Buildings When The First Tower Collapsed

Phil Penman Report

Sophie G
Community Member
3 years ago

how there was not more damage to the buildings surrounding them, or was there?

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#18

On A Brooklyn Rooftop Shortly After The Collapse Of The Twin Towers

On A Brooklyn Rooftop Shortly After The Collapse Of The Twin Towers

On a Brooklyn rooftop shortly after the collapse of the Twin Towers, Jenna Piccirillo and three-month-old Vaughan embody innocence and resilience, according to the photographer: “Life continues in the face of disaster . . . despite the horrors we inflict on one another.”

Alex Webb/Magnum Photos Report

EmptySoul
Community Member
3 years ago

why I can't find anything to comment on this pic, is it because this picture is such a contrast of what is happening. One side is disaster, loss of innocent lives, and one side there is a new life booming and making its way into such unpredictable world. what thoughts must be going inside that mother's mind, only a mother would know.

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#19

The Photographer Considered This 9/11 Brooklyn Scene Too Tranquil At The Time. He Decided Not To Publish The Image Widely Until Four Years After The Attacks

The Photographer Considered This 9/11 Brooklyn Scene Too Tranquil At The Time. He Decided Not To Publish The Image Widely Until Four Years After The Attacks

Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos Report

Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
3 years ago

But what did it mean to them...no radio???...no news????...They may have thought it was an office fire...very much doubt they were aware of the tragedy and continued so casually....

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#20

Twin Towers Of The World Trade Center Burn Behind The Empire State Building

Twin Towers Of The World Trade Center Burn Behind The Empire State Building

Marty Lederhandler Report

EmptySoul
Community Member
3 years ago

so sad!

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#21

Several Buildings In The Trade Center Complex Collapsed Following A Terrorist Attack

Several Buildings In The Trade Center Complex Collapsed Following A Terrorist Attack

Petra Beter Report

EmptySoul
Community Member
3 years ago

sometimes its so hard to believe those 2 buildings collapsed like dominos. It feels like it happened yesterday.

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