Reminiscences of Mark L. Blackshear : oral history, 2001-2004.
Scope and Contents
Background: childhood Brooklyn, NY; career: financial operation consultant, free-lance photographer, writer; 9/11: working at 101 Barclay Street, witnessing North Tower fire, taking pictures, protocol of keeping workers inside building during skyscraper fires, vibration of South Tower collapse, evacuating building, taking pictures during walk home, taking pictures during North Tower collapses, walk home across Manhattan Bridge; religious reflections; post-9/11: comparisons to disaster movies, thoughts on cataclysmic finality of mankind; tense response to loud noises; loss of colleagues, restricted access downtown; freelance photography, unemployment assistance, increased interest in world events, skepticism of news and politics; thoughts on invasion of Afghanistan, 9/11 Commission testimony; reflections on politics and media.
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