September 11 pictures have gone down in infamy. They have been seared into our memory, as September 11 pictures mark when everything changed. 9/11 photos have been downloaded so many times, it is hard to find anything new anymore. However, there is a new app that features more up close and personal 9/11 photos, to see what happened through the eyes of those who were there. As it turns out, these September 11 pictures were sanctioned by the official 9/11 memorial that is to go up next year.
The National September 11 Memorial and Museum is due to open its doors next year, on the 10’th anniversary of the event. But they are already busy looking back on what happened, and have offered a new tool online to do just that.
A collection of September 11 pictures makes up Explore 9/11, a new app that shows 9/11 photos from those who were there that day. The app offers an interactive timeline of the events of the day, which includes photos taken by those nearby.
In addition, other September 11 pictures make up the “Explore” section, made up of images and stories relating to the World Trade Center, 9/11 and its aftermath. These pre and post 9/11 photos are part of the museum’s “Make History” collection, from residents and tourists all over the world.
Finally, September 11 pictures are part of a walking tour around the World Trade Center, starting from the Memorial Preview Site at Lower Manhattan. 9/11 photos and audio are given by rescue workers, first responders, and Lower Manhattan residents.
Memorials and tributes of that day are somber occasions, but apps are generally not considered to have somber content. This is an exception, as the 9/11 Memorial and Museum has been using technology to gather content for a long time. It will culminate when the actual museum opens, but their website and app offer a taste of what they have in store.
Even in app form, and even nine years later, September 11 pictures might still be too difficult to watch. Some might be desensitized to it by now, and worn out over all the memories – and all that happened in the aftermath. For others, it may still be an open wound, as they don’t need 9/11 photos to have a photographic memory of what happened that day.
Nevertheless, the app ‘s 9/11 photos, stories and interactive memories attempts to be a new, tasteful way to show what people went through. It has already been downloaded over 100,000 times since going up on August 26, and can be uploaded from iTunes.
National September 11 Memorial and Museum- “Explore 9/11”
iTunes- “Explore 9/11”
Wall Street Journal- “App Watch: Museum Looks at 9/11 Through Photos, Stories”