When Botte was asked to pick which one of his images he would want people to see when they learned about 9/11, he selected the photograph to the left. "It has a visual impact that to this day, when I stare at it, I just don't take my eyes off it," Botte said. Credit: John Botte
Smoke and debris fill the air as the south tower collapses at 9:59 a.m. "Clearly, not even the police and FBI who had flooded the area were worried about collapse," said George Hackett of Newsweek. "They wouldn't have been anywhere near to the buildings as they were. If the first building hadn't essentially fallen straight down, its crash could have killed hundreds standing, like me, a few blocks away."