All credit for the picture goes to Karen Frank – our deputy photography director – who found this by Vincent Laforet shot at the last minute. I’m all the more grateful for Karen’s find as I managed to somehow not know what was on the cover until Tuesday lunchtime (and we send the cover on Wednesday morning). I thought we were doing a Rahm Emanuel cover…
Anyway, I’m quite glad we’ve got our 9/11 cover out the way early, with a short (but good) story inside. These are the issues that posturing editors like to make big grand statements with enormous single topic zeitgeist-capturing feature wells – photo essays, first persons, graphics, essays by eminent thinkers, artist commission photography, covers and imagery, crowd sourced content.. the whole shebang. The pressure to perform and make stand-out issues is intense as magazines compete for the imaginary ‘who did the best 9/11 coverage’ awards.
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