Sunday, March 16, 2008

pulitzer prize 1994 ( Kevin Carter )

This a very famous picture many of us would have seen it .
This is the text that is printed under the picture :

The PHOTO is the "Pulitzer prize" winning photo taken in 1994 during the Sudan famine. The picture depicts a famine stricken child crawling towards an United Nations food camp, located a kilometer away.

>The vulture is waiting for the child to die so that it can eat it. This picture shocked the whole world. No one knows what happened to the child, including the photographer Kevin Carter who left the place as soon as the photograph was taken.

>Three months later he committed suicide due to depression.

This picture was taken during the Sudan famine 1994 . When i first saw the picture i felt a lot i was disturbed by it and i searched a lot to know what happened to this kid and the whole story behind this and finally got the information that i wanted . The story behind it is not that sad though . Although you cant actually see it there was a lot of people about. the picutre was taken at an UN food drop and the area was full of people. There was more than one photographer there as well. One of the other photographers, Greg Marinovich, said later that lots of mothers left their children like that to go to the trucks to get the food. You cant carry the child and the food. the child was more than likely fine and was soon reunited with its mother. The photo did do wonders though for the worlds attention on the famine. And about the photographer Kevin karter he was already suffering from clinical depression and was very much a drug addict, taking Mandrax and LSD and all kinds of other hallucinogens. The exposure from the picture made it worse as he was asked everywhere what he did to help the child and what happened to the child. Where he should not in fact have felt any guilt, it did probably start eating at him and all of this culminated in his suicide (he gassed himself in the car). All of this and more can be read in the book Bang-Bang Club written by Greg Marinovich and another photographer.

21 comments:

venue said...

i feel very sad of those children....
i'm too depressed of that incident...
we cannot blame on that photographer because there may be many children like that...may be he has taken only this photo.... there might be even worst case than this...

Anino said...

I felt sad as well upon seeing that picture last year. Thanks for this very informative article. I am glad to know that the boy didn't die.

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Cathy said...

Sad, very sad! (reminds me of my mom's comment on the table, "do you know how kids out there that are starving and you're wasting your food?")

basavaraj said...

I knew the photo was given the award "Pulitzer" but it was not easy to take up the feelings of the photo. and i also feel sad for Mr.Kevin carter feeling so depressed, if he would be alive he could give us some more world photo`s.

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Anonymous said...

I'M feeling sad not only for the child but also for the Kevin Carter and many people that were starving to death.
simply if we do not have heart to help the other then we also not have any right to cheat them