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Monday, May 09, 2005

Pulitzer prize winning pic

....stumbled upon this photograph...of a girl in famine striken Sudan crawling towards UN food camp located a kilometer away and a vulture waiting for the girl to die so that it could lay it's beak on the prey. This photograph won Kevin Carter Pulitzer prize in 1994 and this great(?) photographer, instead of helping the girl, left the scene immediately after taking the pic!!! No one knows who got the food....the girl or the vulture.
On similar lines....I remember seeing a photograph of (Princess) Diana with two kids in an African country with one of the kids having to fold up his trouser so that the photographer could click his artificial leg. I HATE people who show off their charity work.
...and in the case of Kevin Carter I think instead of handing him the Pulitzer prize he should have been shooed and 'chappal'ed for doing what he did.


Blogger BD said...

Are you sure he didn't help that child?

11:45 PM  
Blogger Gaurav Mukherjee said...

No he did not.
This photograph was his most successful one but he also received a lot of flak for not helping the child. Unable to cope with the unprecedented criticism, he committed suicide three months later.

7:10 AM  
Blogger adarsh said...

how could ppl be so unkind...?
never thought that any person be so pitiless to leave a small kid let eat by a vulture..
even the idea itself scares me...

8:05 AM  
Blogger Gaurav Mukherjee said...

sometimes...works depicting the extremes are treated as classy. This Satyajit Ray won a lot of awards by showing the 1920s Bengal famine to the west in his movies. Ditto for Adoor Gopalkrishnan.

8:56 PM  
Blogger adarsh said...

dude.. u posted a comment in my blog saying abt GPL.. i really didnt get what u meant by GPL :-(

3:21 AM  
Blogger ....R.A.J.A.... said...

I have been receiving this pic in chain-mails over the last 3 years (I guess). In one of those, there was an 'excuse' by the photographer. Something like, "I was so overwhelmed and shocked that I left the scene ..........."
Guess it'd be better to say "All I wanted is a snap, so I left immediately afterwards" than coming up with that excuse

6:57 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

The photographer had a lot in common with the vulture.

7:34 PM  
Blogger adarsh said...

common? i would say vulture would be better .. bcoz it is doing its work (waiting for its prey to die..) and it is not like human beings who just crave for their fame even when his fellow being is facing life and death situation..

even a crow would help other crow when it is in trouble..

but what abt these human beings..?

7:44 AM  
Blogger Gaurav Mukherjee said...

@Raja: ...well I am shocked to know that Kevin Carter defended himself like that

9:28 PM  
Blogger Bhumi said...

First of.. i hate the pic...can u post something new now.. please?
And as per Amrish Puri saab.. yaar he died in Jan..and I posted about him at that time not this time, because someone else died..


10:37 PM  
Anonymous sxcsddd said...

u hate the people who shows their charity work ?? but they r much much better than u atleast they do something u r not doing nothing. agar wo chahta hai ki people should know abt. his good work then nothing much wrong in it. dont think them god they r also human being but much much better than u gaurv mukherjee.

2:59 AM  
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12:10 AM  
Blogger Enigmatic Cat said...

well the photographer committed suicide after spending some more time in Africa....he didn't help the poor kid.

11:10 PM  
Anonymous ARMOR LE BIHAN said...

The photographer, did nothing else making is job, shooting picture. He was not reponsible of the civil war in Sudan. And certainly not that this little girl was here on the ground dying.

Don't be stupid

If you want to shoot somebody you have to Shoot whole America that had publish and show in TW news, this pictures.

You should better think at Capitalist American Way Of Life, than specnt time to write poor analysis.

Andres Gurky, do you know this photographer, watch out.

Thoses pictures for mer are schocking, the whole insanity of USA, what is the purpose > to be more and more FAT> SUPER SIZED untill insanity


You should better, Think to what you are in your country, and let this poor photographer and little girl rest in peace...

6:03 AM  

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