"Satan in the Smoke" Emails

On the morning of September 11, immediately after two planes crashed into the World Trade Center in Manhattan, photojournalist Mark D. Phillips took a picture that would prove to be one of the most evocative and disputed images of that tragic day. Many peple later construed the image of the smoke in his photo of the burning buildings to compose the face of Satan. These e-mails related to this picture provide a revealing portal into Americans' responses to the attacks in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.

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My high school art students are enjoying the image you captured on Sept. 11th, the face in the smoke. Bravo to a fellow artist! Although the whole event is disturbing, it's important to know that our...

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Received a copy of the photo from a friend and I'm glad we were able to see it. In a crazy way that helps us make sense of all of this. tks.Cathy@Lincolnton, NC\nFri, 21 Sep 2001 11:00:13 -0400\ninfo@...

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In the color picture you can see more then one face. We have counted at least 3. I think they are of the evil hearts of those who  would do such a thing. Anyone who knows their BIBLE would tell you th...

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I want to say that no matter if people beleive that the face of Satan appeared on that photo or not, he was definitly present for the occation.  God and Satan went rounds in mere minutes and although...

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can not believe you are selling the pictures, and if you feel you must ALL of the proceeds should go the people and families of New York.    \nTue, 25 Sep 2001 14:24:59 -0400\n\n"tslyce" \n\n\n...

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Mark I do believe this image of the devil  was there,  as it took evil people to do this act and Satan, wants war and hatred. We must come close to God, with love and kindness and pray for Peace ever...

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My high school art students are enjoying the image you captured on Sept. 11th, the face in the smoke. Bravo to a fellow artist! Although the whole event is disturbing, it's important to know that our...

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That is just TOO spooky!!  I can only say that the devil was probably pleased that one of his agents acted in such a sick, spiteful, hateful way.  Joy M Dudek \nWed, 19 Sep 2001 14:56:33 -0400\n\n"Joy...

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I have spoken to several fellow employees who are "spooked" by your picture.  I don't understand why they would be.  Provided it is not a doctored photo, everyone assumes that because it is a picture...

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