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9/11 stories: Gary Marlon Suson
In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks Gary Marlon Suson was invited to document the mission to recover the bodies from the rubble of Lower Manhattan. He discusses how he was granted access as the official photographer to Ground Zero and allowed to capture the New York Fire Department teams digging in search of victims, many of which were their colleagues and friends. He explains how most workers were happy to take him in, trusting him and his camera; although, he also describes that a few people confronted him, considering his presence to be intrusive and exploiting a moment of tragedy.
Students are presented with a number of different images of 9/11 and they have to sort between acceptable and unacceptable images for general publication. Students must consider the ethical responsibilities that are placed in the hands of the media and the choices they make when handling images of a sensitive nature. Students construct a narrative to explain what happened to an individual victim or survivor for a young age-group.
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