The history of VII Photo Agency is inextricably linked to the attack on the U.S. on September 11, 2001. VII was created on September 9, 2001. Two days later, VII was photographing the twin towers crashing to the ground in New York City. As the 10-year anniversary of the attacks approaches, the photographers of VII remain committed to covering the broader conflict — in Pakistan, in Afghanistan, in Iraq and elsewhere — and the political, social and economic turmoil it has unleashed worldwide.
In this photo slideshow, VII’s photojournalists take us back to the days following September 11, 2001, before the global war on terror began to unfold. In a series of simple and somber images, they present vivid scenes of Americans grappling with the aftermath of the attacks in New York City.