9NEWS has spoken to the
photographer that took the picture that appeared on the
Associated Press. Mark Phillips stands by his photo and
says it has not been doctored.
In the photo from the Associated Press, many
claim they see a strange shape in the clouds of smoke in
the photo. They say they can see eyes, a nose, a mouth
and horns. Others say they see heavenly images above the
Mark Phillips fielded questions about his picture
Tuesday afternoon on 9NEWS.com. click here to view the discussion
Listen to the 9NEWS interview with Mark
The AP says the photo was untouched and unaltered.
The AP photo was transmitted within 40 minutes of
Tuesday's attack by freelancer Mark D. Phillips who has
been working with the AP for 15 years. Barbara Moike was
the editor on the AP picture desk that morning and told
9NEWS that AP has a very strict written policy which
prohibits the alteration of content of a photo in any
Phillips spoke with 9NEWS Tuesday morning and said
the morning of the attacks, he climbed up to the roof of
his apartment building in Brooklyn. He has an
unobstructed view of Manhattan and the World Trade
Center. As he climbed on to the roof, Phillips heard the
second plane hit the WTC. He began snapping pictures on
several of his cameras, including a digital camera.
The Associated Press contacted Phillips and he sent
them some of the photos he took. He looked at the
photos, but never noticed a face or any images. He awoke
the next day to 160 emails about the face in his
photograph. He has now received hundreds of emails from
people across the country who want to share their
thoughts about the picture.
Phillips stands by his photo and says he has been a
journalist for 25 years and would never alter a photo.
He says he has the original digital photo untouched,
with the date and time.
A separate, color smoke photo that many say also
contains a satanic face has been broadcast by 9News, CNN
and several other news organizations. While Phillips
didn't take that picture, he says, like his photo, it is
what it is, and people are free to read whatever they
want to into it.
For more information on Phillips' photo, check the