Incredible Photo of the Day: Vulture and Child

Posted: November 24, 2016 in Great Photographs, Interesting Photos
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A photographer named Kevin Carter took this photo. In 1993 he flew to Sudan to photograph the famine racking that land. Exhausted after a day of taking pictures in the village of Ayod, he headed out into the open bush. There he heard whimpering and came across an emaciated toddler who had collapsed on the way to a feeding center. As he took the child’s picture, a vulture landed nearby. Carter had reportedly been advised not to touch the victims because of disease, so instead of helping, he spent 20-minutes waiting. Finally Carter scared the creature away and watched as the child continued toward the center. He then lit a cigarette, prayed, and wept. The New York Times ran the photo, and readers were eager to find out what happened to the child—and to criticize Carter for not coming to his subject’s aid. His image quickly became a wrenching case study in the debate over when photographers should intervene. Subsequent research seemed to reveal that the child did survive yet died 14-years later from malarial fever. Carter won a Pulitzer for his image, but the darkness of that bright day never lifted from him. In July 1994 he took his own life, writing, “I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings & corpses & anger and pain.” Man that’s sad.

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