Photographer of iconic 9/11 image chosen as resident artist

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A photographer who captured one of the iconic images from the Sept. 11 terrorist attack has been appointed to a prestigious Hawaii artist-in-residence program.

Photojournalist Stan Honda will be the 2019 artist in residence at Haleakala National Park in eastern Maui, The Maui News reported Wednesday.

Officials from Haleakala and the National Parks Arts Foundation said Honda was selected for his passion and ability to capture otherwise indescribable events, citing his image of two victims escaping the collapsing World Trade Center in 2001.

“We are pleased to again partner with the National Parks Arts Foundation to bring such a talented artist to Haleakala National Park,” Superintendent Natalie Gates said.

Honda has worked for The National Post, Los Angeles Times and New York Newsday. For 16 years, he was a freelance writer and photojournalist for Agence France-Presse in New York. It was during this time that he was on the ground in New York City on Sept. 11, The Maui News reported.

“It was just an experience that no one had ever experienced or seen before,” Honda said of his most famous image.

Honda’s photos have been featured six times as NASA’s astronomy picture of the day and in National Geographic, according to the newspaper.

The residency invites artists like Honda to produce original work, share advice and experiences and promote the organization, program officials said.

Honda will spend this month in Haleakala crater photographing the environment, program officials said.


Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.com