This picture, by Camilo Jose Vergara, is part of a tribute by Slate magazine to the Twin Towers, where they appear just in the distance.

Camilo Vergara, Twin Towers

[image: Jose Camilo Vergara, View south from Buffalo Avenue at Bergen Street, Brooklyn, 1996.]

It’s impossible to look at these images, and others of the towers, without remembering what is to come. In this case, it seems, Barthes is right to link photographs to death: we see the photograph and we think of the inevitable absence of their subjects. So, as an antidote, I’d also like to mention Rebecca Solnit’s essay on the current anniversary (via (Notes on) Politics, Theory & Photography).