LI photographer on taking picture of a lifetime

The Huntington photographer who captured arguably the most memorial photograph of ground zero on Sept. 11 sat down with News 12 Long Island to talk about the experience.

The man behind the lens that shot three firefighters covered in dust raising an American flag in the rubble was Tom Franklin. He was working for the Bergen Record newspaper at the time.

Franklin says he probably shot between 1,000 and 2,000 photographs. The firemen that became his subjects caught his eye, Franklin says, after 7 World Trade Center collapsed.

?As I was shooting the photograph I clearly remembered thinking that it looked very similar to Joe Rosenthal's photograph of Iwo Jima,? Franklin says.

Franklin?s photograph has been depicted on countless items commemorating the attacks. The postage stamp bearing the photo raised more than $10 million for families of Sept. 11 victims.

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