"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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As Billy Graham's daughter was saying this morning as Brian Gumball askedWhy did God let this happen?" Her answer; "Over the last several years the Schools, the Government and the People have asked Go...

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hey mark, they forwarded that message to me. I just returned home from vacation.I got stuck in alaska and it took me five days to get back. but we're here and safe now.hope all is well with you. I thi...

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Dear Mark,First, thanks for being on the scene and taking excellent photographs. It was a horrible attack, and the fact that guys (and gals) like you were there to document it is very important. That'...

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Dear Mr. Phillips,   Thank you for sharing this picture.  Whatever it is, whoever it is, I believe you have captured something on film that should give us all reason to give some thought to where our...

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I sent an e-mail to your sales dept regarding 3 prints I ordered on 9-19-01, for 1 with the sunset and 2- with the ice. To date I have not received them though when I ordered them was told they were g...

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I THINK THAT IT WOULD BE BAD TIME TO PULL A JOKE LIKE THIS BUT I BELIVE THAT THE PHOTOGRAPH WAS NOT TAMPERD WITH. I'VE HERED A STORY THAT A PERSON SAID THAT SHE WAS TALKING TO A PERSON IN THE DEBREE O...

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I don't know.  My opinion probably doesn't matter.  I have watched clouds on a quiet day by myself and made all kinds of images out of them.  I am 43, and every war or conflict that I can remember or...

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Hi, Lou Schisler from Minot, ND here.  Saw your "devil face" image in smoke on your website and saw that you were selling some of your NY skyline prints.  Are you also offering the smoke print for sal...

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We first saw your photo in our local news paper the TIMES LEADER out of Wilkes Barre, Pa. Members of my family can see an image of an Angel in the smoke over the World Trade Center. I didn't believe t...

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