Liam Enea, 19, from Connecticut, got his hands on an old photo album from a deceased relative a few years ago. He was shocked to find never-before-seen pictures taken during the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers.
The album originally belonged to Enea’s great-aunt Maryann Puglisi-Muñoz who passed it down to him about four years ago.
“Through the photos, I determined that she lived in an apartment at 310 Greenwich Street in New York City whose terrace faced south toward the World Trade Center. On that day and in the aftermath, she took the photographs on a type of disposable camera,” Enea told Newsweek.
“I determined that she lived there by looking at an aerial photograph of the buildings and locating the nearest residential high-rise north of the towers. Also, when I showed my mother the building, she instantly recognized it from a 1990s visit and confirmed that Maryann lived there,” Enea stated.
According to Newsweek, Enea decided in February to scan the images, and he published them on Reddit last week.
“I was compelled to post them on Reddit because I hoped people would find them interesting, given that the most iconic photos of the events were taken from a distance, on the ground near the buildings, or from the sky. These photos show the towers from a close residence,” he said.
Enea says he’s always been fascinated by photojournalism’s historical significance, especially in the 9/11 attacks.
The album includes images of the World Trade Center’s North Tower seconds after impact, as well as smoke billowing from both towers.
Maryann also captured the North Tower collapse.
Terrorists hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 on Sept. 11, 2001, and crashed the planes into the World Trade Center’s North and South Towers, respectively, in New York City. The steel frame components of the skyscrapers failed after the impacts and explosions; the South Tower collapsed at 9:59 a.m. after 56 minutes of burning, and the North Tower collapsed at 10:28 a.m. after 102 minutes.
With 2,977 people killed and 25,000 injured, it was the deadliest terror attack in history. Many people experienced long-term health problems as a result of the destruction.
Enea has uploaded a set of 38 found images in a Flickr album.
“Photographs that a late relative of mine took from their 310 Greenwich Street apartment balcony in New York City, facing south, on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. These photos I possess, never before seen, capture one of the most influential events in modern history.” Enea wrote.