Philippe Petit aka the man who walked between the twin towers

Frenchman Philippe Petit of Nemours, France, on August 7th 1974, attempted the impossible : a high wire walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center 1,368 feet (417 m) in the air, that lasted 45 minutes and ended with him getting arrested. Philippe’s routine and life became the subject of a very poetic documentary made in 2008 named Man on Wire (directed by James Marsh), but maybe not as poetic as these photos, shot by his friend who hid with him overnight in the tower, in order to install the wire.

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Special thanks to Miss Francesca Baldi.

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Hanin aka Kinofrau: 27 and counting, Ph.D in Film Theory & Art History in progress, from the Middle-(B)east, a specter that haunts Europe, equal-opportunity offender.

2 thoughts on “Philippe Petit aka the man who walked between the twin towers”

    1. I’m waiting for his next act and hoping it’ll take place in Paris. The documentary is a must-see !
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