Shortly after the 9-11 attacks, a photo made its way around the internet. It showed a man standing on the observation deck of the World Trade Center in New York City. His face is expressionless, unsmiling. He’s wearing a knitted black cap, sunglasses and an unzipped parka. Behind him, there’s a deep blue sky and views of Manhattan and the Hudson river. But there’s something else behind him too — a plane. It’s headed straight toward the tower. Rumor had it that the man died that day and his camera was later pulled from the rubble.
It’s an amazing shot and an amazing story, and it’s totally false.
The man is Peter Guzli and he’s Hungarian. The famous picture was snapped several years before the terrorist attacks.
After 9-11, Guzli edited the photo and added in the plane. He then emailed the image to a few friends “as a joke.” Those friends shared the image with their friends, and their friends shared it with more friends, and soon, the photo was everywhere.