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The tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York City is a sobering one, marking a fundamental shift in how Americans viewed the world and how the world viewed America. But, in the wake of devastation and loss, the true spirit of New York City dusted off the debris to mourn, heal and recover, oftentimes with very public displays on sidewalks, streetlamps, stoops and homes.
Martha Cooper’s photographs of street memorials erected in the days following the September 11 attacks comprise a touching and poignant look at how a city of many millions responded in so many ways, ranging from angry accusations to loving remembrances and prayers for peace. With messages in multiple languages rooted in many different cultures, these photographs reflect New York City’s resilient and diverse citizens whom together make up the greatest city in the world.