An Uncommon Field (Hardcover)

The Flight 93 Temporary Memorial

By Richard Snodgrass

Carnegie Mellon University Press, 9780887485527, 168pp.

Publication Date: September 11, 2011

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An Uncommon Field is a celebration and a unique interpretation of the Flight 93 Temporary Memorial that sprang up after 9/11 at the crash site near Shanksville, PA. The dramatic, evocative black-and-white photographs capture the power and magic of this special place as well as the unplanned beauty of the arrangements of personal items that visitors felt compelled to leave behind. In addition, brief prose meditations provide background information on the site and the events of that fateful day, and tell the stories of the author's experiences as he took the photographs over a two-year period in all seasons and weathers. The book is a testament and tribute to the heroes of Flight 93 as well as to the outpourings of support and American spirit from those who came to pay their respects to what happened here. Though the temporary memorial was dismantled in 2009 to make way for the permanent National Memorial, its spirit lives on in this book of uncommon beauty.

About the Author

RICHARD SNODGRASS lives with his wife Marty in Pittsburgh, PA. His grants and fellowships include: Artist in Residence, LightWorks, University of Syracuse; Artist in Residence, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, New Mexico; and a Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His photographs and writings are a regular feature in TABLE Magazine. His 1988 novel, There's Something in the Back Yard, published originally by Viking Press, was recently reissued and is available through and on Kindle. More information regarding Richard's photographs and writing can be found at