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Showing posts with label Time Magazine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Time Magazine. Show all posts

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Pain And Suffering!

I stumbled upon this photograph while reading Time Magazine online...What an awful photo... I can't imagine someone taking a photo of this, stick-thin, malnourished toddler who stopped to rest on her way to a feeding station in war-torn Sudan... The picture was taken by South African photojournalist Kevin Carter...It shows the girl on her knees, bent at the waist with her forehead resting on the dry, dusty dirt....She is alone except for a vulture behind her, waiting for her to die.

This picture captivated the world in 1993 and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994. A few months later, Carter taped a garden hose to the exhaust of his pick-up truck and fed the other end into the passenger side window...Broke and depressed over the loss of a friend, his suicide note read, in part, “I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings & corpses & anger & pain . . . of starving or wounded children, of trigger-happy madmen, often police, of killer executioners . . . “To me this photo says more about the photographer, than the famine in Sudan. It should never have won the Pulitzer.

The photo was published in The New York Times in March of 1993, and sparked a wide reaction. People wanted to know what happened to the child, and if Carter had assisted her... The Times issued a statement saying that the girl was able to make it to the food station, but beyond that no one knows what happened to her... Because of this, Carter was bombarded with questions about why he did not help the girl, and only used her to take a photograph.