25 May 2010

The Photographer Committed Suicide 3 (three) Days After Taking This Picture!

The photographer could have saved this boy's life, but because of the photographer's ethics code he was prevented from helping in any way. This haunted him, and led him to commit suicide..
The actual facts:

1. The photographer, Kevin Carter, did intervene. He chased the vulture away right after taking the photo.

2. There is no "photographer's ethics code" that said he should not have intervened.

3. The child in the photo is a girl, not a boy.

4. The girl was approaching a nearby famine relief center and had stopped to rest when this picture was taken. There is every reason to believe she got there and was fed. Admittedly, though, there is no way to know for sure. And admittedly, Carter did not help her get there.

5. The photo was taken in March 1993, and Carter committed suicide in July 1994. That was approximately 490 days later, not 3 days.

6. Carter's suicide note said he was despondent over his dire financial problems and the memories of what he saw while on assignment in Sudan. This image is but one of many very disturbing things he saw there.

7. There is thus no reason to attribute his suicide to this specific photo.

PS: This post was shared from a google search and a corresponding facebook group I landed on while surfing the net and I don't take any credit for this post. Thank you.

8 comments:

You Did Whaaat?! on May 30, 2010 at 6:41 PM said...

I studied this picture at varsity last year! I agree, that he did intervene, and i also believe that the power of this photograph is strong enough to send out a powerful message which is needed.

Great blog you have here :) Check mine out: http://youdidwhaaat.blogspot.com/
:)

Nikita on June 25, 2010 at 12:02 PM said...

Awesome blog .....
its ridiculous how things can be manipulated just to make a breaking news..
hats off to the person who took so..much pain to get through the reality...

Anonymous Someone on July 18, 2010 at 10:10 AM said...

A really lamentable state, the child was in...
And right, there are no codes for photography, especially no ethical codes... so to talk of ethics, the first work would be to save the boy.

Nic pic

Regards
Blasphemous Aesthete

S.R.Ayyangar on July 22, 2010 at 4:52 PM said...

I saw this posted on Face book but was pained not to view. It is unethical to post such video and they want to know- LIKE IT?

delightfullness on August 4, 2010 at 8:06 PM said...

I remember this picture in our retreat...I thought Im really lucky that I am eating..and I stopped thinking how awful it was to be fat.
he deserve the award...

Lauren Elizabeth on September 17, 2010 at 12:10 AM said...

a very touching and deep post... just looking at the picture gives you the worst feeling and sad to say shows you how life is outside of how someones own life may be. that there are so many ppl out there in need of help. and you wish you could help everyone. amazing post!

xoxo

atik on September 19, 2010 at 7:05 PM said...

really, nice blog...!!!
but i am wandering why people feel so hard to say truth in the same way as it is.........?

phatichar on May 19, 2011 at 9:22 AM said...

Oh yes, any pic/caption can be manipulated, and it's been done from ages.

But truth be told, the heading shook me as well.

Wonderful blog - will come again. Take care. :-)

 

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