SEPTEMBER 11
BEARING WITNESS TO HISTORY

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Photo by Richard Avedon.


Location: Pentagon
Source: Gift of Richard Avedon


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Portrait of Isaac Ho‘opi‘i
Description: Fashion photographer Richard Avedon took this photograph of Isaac Ho‘opi‘i.

Context: Following the September 11 attacks, Americans from all walks of life felt motivated to be supportive and involved. Some professional photographers, including Richard Avedon, engaged in documentary projects. Avedon contacted Pentagon police officer Isaac Ho‘opi‘i after a Washington Post article featured Ho‘opi‘i's heroic efforts to rescue people from the blinding smoke of the Pentagon fire. The photograph was taken for inclusion in the American Red Cross Heroes of September 11 campaign that appeared originally in the newspaper USA Today.


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