Thursday, August 5, 2010

Bianca submits Kevin Carter :(

Kevin Carter was a Pulitzer prize winning photographer that took this haunting image of an emaciated child being stalked by a vulture in Sudan in 1993 that was in the New York Times. He was praised for the image and then came under criticism for not helping the little girl. Ultimately, he took his own life due to depression, money worries and haunted by the scenes he witnessed.
He ended his life by carbon monoxide poisoning at the age of 33. He still remains infamous for the Sudan shot though he did take many emotion-packed images during his career. The movie "The Death of Kevin Carter: The Bang Bang Club" was a documentary on his life--- and the group of 4 photographers that were active during the apartheid period when Nelson Mandela was released until the '94 elections.

What really makes me take a long look at this photographer is the fact that even though it is so simple to snap a picture--- we often forget that our images can make a deep impact on our viewers and ultimately ourselves. WE witness the events and document them-- it doesn't mean we aren't affected by the subject matter. Just because we are behind a lense doesn't mean we aren't present-- and what we see can have lasting, rock you to the core, results.
google : Kevin Carter for more info. or here is the link to the story below.

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