Sunday, August 31, 2008

Pulitzer Prize Winning Photography

Kevin Carter

In March 1993 Carter made a trip to southern Sudan. The sound of soft, high-pitched whimpering near the village of Ayod attracted Carter to a young emaciated Sudanese toddler. The girl had stopped to rest while struggling to a feeding center, wherein a vulture had landed nearby. He said that he waited about 20 minutes, hoping that the vulture would spread its wings. It didn't. Carter snapped the haunting photograph and chased the vulture away. However, he also came under heavy criticism for just photographing — and not helping — the little girl:

Tom J. Kelly

"Tragedy on Sanatoga Road."
On a spring day in 1978, Kelly responded to a call on his scanner that a man had taken his family hostage. Within minutes, he was on the scene, arriving to find that the police had surrounded a house where Richard Greist was holding hostage his pregnant wife and daughter, Beth Ann. He crept as close to the house as police would allow.
The front door to the house opened and out came the young girl, begging the police to not hurt her father. She was mutilated, with multiple knife wounds on her face. Chief Detective Douglas Weaver rushed in and grabbed the young girl, quickly escorting her to safety. Kelly, although a professional, had been unable to bring himself to photograph the young girl until her face was hidden from his direct view.
Concerned about the safety of others inside, the police were left with no choice but to storm the house. They captured Greist, but were too late to save the wife and unborn child.

Nick Ut

"The girl was running, with her arms out. She was crying, Nong qua! Nong qua!' (Too hot! Too hot!). She had torn off all her clothes," Ut said. "When I saw she was burned, I dropped my camera beside the road. I knew I had a good picture. I got her into our van and took her and the family to the Cu Chi hospital." TRANG BANG, Vietnam - the day in 1972 when napalm exploded next to the Cao Dai temple, devisting many nearby village families.

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