I saw a photo today of a UPS carrier walking on the street that did not seem bothered by Twin Towers burning behind him. Is it genuine?

UPS carrier on 9/11

  • Sounds genuine to me. Source: facebook.com/WNYC/posts/10152340486136080 Jun 16, 2015 at 19:40
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    "Welp, bad stuff is happening, but the news reports my tax dollars are hard at work dealing with the problem. Nothing special I can do by going there; I might as well do what I can to help some people today - deliver packages" Anecdotally, I was performing plays (near Seattle) at the time. Show must go on (although the audiences were mostly schools groups and so some stayed away...) Jun 17, 2015 at 8:37

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WNYC's On the Media published a story about the photo.

The author is Melanie Einzig, and you can see it in her "USA" gallery on her photography website: http://www.witnessx.com/street/usa/

This shows that the author presents the photo as genuine, and that the claim passed On the Media's editorial process. On the Media has a reputation for accuracy and fact-checking, having previously won a Peabody Award, and other awards for investigative reporting, press criticism, and media criticism.

A print of the photo was exhibited at London, Somerset House, Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour, 8 November 2012 – 27 January 2013.

That exhibition self-described:

Positive View will present the very best in contemporary photography from across the globe and this exhibition will be no exception

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    Euu. I see you got that interview from the facebook link I posted; I didn't post it because that doesn't prove anything (just because the photographer claims it is true doesn't necessarily mean it is true). Jun 16, 2015 at 20:19
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    @GeorgeChalhoub What kind of evidence would you consider worthy, if not the testimony of a credible witness? Something like error level analysis? fotoforensics.com/tutorial-ela.php Jun 17, 2015 at 6:22
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    @KevinKrumwiede That is an excellent resource I'd never heard of. For the lazy, here is the analysis for this picture. Jun 17, 2015 at 13:54

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