There’s an interesting collection of photos on PixelPress called “Notes from the Underground” (http://www.pixelpress.org/contents/kohn_fs.html). Without reading the description of the pictures, the pictures just appear to be photos taken on miscellaneous individuals on a subway. The pictures are interesting, because they examine people participating in a colloquial behavior they might participate in every day and never think about.
The attacks on New York have focused world attention on the city’s changed skyline.
Photographer David Kohn concentrates on its underground

This short explanation puts the photos into context, and suddenly one sees symbols and themes in the photos that relate to the events and overall mood of 9/11.

I found this photograph particularly compelling in the midst of the 9/11 photos. When I think of the terrorist attack on the world trade center, I immediately think of its expansive coverage by the media. There was so much controversy and conspiracy theories regarding the government’s possible involvement in the attacks, and much doubt in how much we could trust the information they were conveying through the media outlets. For me, this photo does an excellent job of capturing the suspicion many Americans developed towards the media’s coverage of 9/11. The man holding the paper wears a trenchcoat, bringing to mind images of spies and shift individuals concealing/gathering top secret information. You can’t see the person’s face, suggesting the fear of relying on faceless informants unable to be held accountable for the information they provide. So many different shades of this disturbed paranoia towards the media are expressed in this single black-and-white photo.

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