This is not deja vu. This is the image that the Village Voice ran on our paper’s cover in the weeks following September 11, 2001, except now it’s on the cover of Reader’s Digest. As our eagle-eyed EIC Tony Ortega points out, the smoke has been edited out, and in its place there are cover lines. The color looks a little different, too, but it’s clearly the same image as that art directed by Ted Keller at the Voice back in 2001.
And the original photo:
According to Robert Newman, or @Newmanology, creative director of Reader’s Digest (who formerly did, pre-9/11, work for the Voice), RD’s September 2011 newsstand cover, “How 9/11 Changed America,” is a “reprise of 2001 @villagevoice cover.” So, credit where credit is due.
Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery and all that, we’ll say thanks. Look for it wherever they sell Reader’s Digest.