EXCLUSIVE: North Fork Photographer Shares Unseen Images From 9/11

A Greenport photographer took these shots on 9/11, before and after the Twin Towers fell, from the roof of his former apartment building located only a block and a half away from the World Trade Center.

Freelance photographers Mark Stetler and Caroline Knopf lived in a spacious second-floor loft on Nassau Street in Lower Manhattan when the World Trade Center towers collapsed before their eyes.

The husband-and-wife couple, now Greenport residents, ran to the roof of their building when they heard and felt the first plane hit. Camera in hand, Stetler didn't stop snapping as the Twin Towers fell, and he didn't leave the rooftop until fast-moving debris forced him inside.

Stetler, who has published only a few images from this series, decided to share these photos a decade later with North Fork Patch on the eve of a 9/11 memorial weekend.

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barbara radich September 09, 2011 at 09:23 PM
A photo memory is all you need to remember that morning!? Continue Spreading peace
Mike Burke September 09, 2011 at 09:54 PM
Barbara, is your comment spreading the peace? I believe the photos are here for anyone to draw back on their feelings of that tragic day for our nation. They are posted free. I submit that those photos were were not all anyone needs to remember that day.
Liliana Nealon September 09, 2011 at 10:05 PM
These photographs are unbelievable. I think it takes a lot of courage to shoot photos during a tragedy like this one. Thank you to Mark and Caroline for sharing with us, as sad and terrible as that day was. I was at Ground Zero a few days later and was not able to photograph!
Ty Wenzel September 09, 2011 at 10:46 PM
Feels just like yesterday...
Rebecca Hoey September 09, 2011 at 11:07 PM
Mark Kreider September 10, 2011 at 11:06 AM
My wife and I worked two block from each other, me in the Time Life building and she at Simon & Schuster. The four hour walk home under the smokey plume is indelibly etched on our minds. Our car, stoop and deck etc. was covered with ash and there was charred WTC letterhead stationary in the yard. Nine firemen from our firehouse gave their lives that day.
j September 10, 2011 at 11:36 AM
My sister in law worked in Tower Two. She was told to stay put. She ignored that order and the announcements in the stairwell to go back to your desk. SHE MADE IT OUT!
Gigi Gibbons September 10, 2011 at 12:43 PM
25 of Mattituck High School's Exchange students from Germany had just visited New York and the Twin Towers the day before!!! I asked my principal's permission to rush home, to start the telephone chain to the German parents, to inform them, that their children were safe! They and all Mattituck High School students and staff suffered terrible emotional pain for the victims, the people of New York and America. Yes, the photos are necessary, lest we forget, what fanatic people are willing to do for the sake of their conviction and belief.
jan@greenportteacompany.com September 10, 2011 at 09:50 PM
Thank you for sharing Mark and Caroline.
Frederick R Orestuk September 11, 2011 at 11:36 AM
I worked at 2WTC B6 Level, ran up six levels of Southwest Stairwell, kicked open jamed firedoor attached to The Clipper. Police under the West Street overhead foot bridge heard the door slam against the side of the building held up there hands indicating to don't move while debrie fell from 1WTC. Seconds after exiting and looking up the second plane crashed into the south wall of 2WTC. I and thirty five of my fellow workers made it out. Eventually walked up West Bway to a company wharehouse. Just north of Canal St a met a lady kneeling on the sidewalk and crying, didn't understand it at the time, I now know. I could't take any pictures !
Aristotelis September 11, 2011 at 08:24 PM
These are incredible images that we have to see and remember the victims of that tragedy etched forever in our hearts and minds. Remembering is honoring the people that perished and all others that have suffered in consequence. Thank you Mark and Caroline for opening this to the world!
barbara radich September 11, 2011 at 08:56 PM
Jeanne Kay Juhos September 12, 2011 at 02:12 AM
Thank you, Mark and Caroline for these amazing photos. It is with heartfelt sympathy that I remember the victims of 9-11 and all the brave people who were there contributing in whatever way they could in so many ways. Love and Peace


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