T.W. Li

Resting Man (2006)


This is a reconfiguration of the infamous photograph referred to often as “Falling Man”. The original photo, by press photographer Richard Drew, depicts a man who defenestrated himself from the flaming twin towers, on the morning of 11 September, 2001.

Drew’s photograph, as a depiction of a moment between life and death, pre-9/11 and post-9/11, became the subject of debate between journalists, victims’ advocates, and ethicists. Who should be allowed to see this image, and who shall have it thrust upon them?

My version of the image depicts him at rest. I intend to remediate the trauma generated by that moment.










Photograph by Richard Drew, Associated Press