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Archivists went to an estate sale and left with 2,400 photos of Ground Zero in New York immediately following the aftermath of 9/11.
The name of the construction worker who took the photos was not released by the archivists, Dr. Johnathan Burgess and his partner. The name of the camera, however, was.
All 2,400 photos were taken with a Canon Powershot G1, and amazingly almost all of the photos were recovered despite the shotty condition of the CDRs they were on.
The CDRs were absolutely falling apart. Some of the photos are already lost because the CDRs just tend to rot over time, and here, about 18 years later, that was asking a lot. Back up your old CDRs please. pic.twitter.com/SVB3zxiYRQ— Jason Scott (@textfiles) June 11, 2019
We chose some of our favorites for you here.
To view the archive of over 2,000 photos, click here.
Burgess and his partner request that if you feel moved by these photographs, you donate to a charity that supports 9/11 responders.
We suggest the FealGood Foundation, a foundation founded by a 9/11 construction worker who was seriously injured on the job. The FealGood Foundation advocates for 9/11 responders and other emergency workers and you can donate to them here.
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