R. Umar Abbasi’s took this picture of Ki Suk Han, a Queens resident who struggled to pull himself back up on the platform after being pushed off by a panhandler.
People were angry with Abbasi for not helping, and his story of hoping his camera flash would warn the train conductor of trouble ahead didn’t exactly help, but no one else rushed to Han’s aide either, or this might have been a photo of a daring rescue.
Frank Fournier’s picture of Omayra Sanchez, a 13 year old girl who was trapped by debris following an earthquake in her native Columbia and eventually died after three days.
Kevin Carter’s took this picture of starving child in Sudan, and was later called just another vulture on the scene. The photo brings to our attention the severity of the situation. But rather than address it, we wonder why someone else (in this case Carter) isn’t doing something.
And moving pictures (moving, indeed)...
This (still being verified for authenticity as I write this) video shows the recent National Air Cargo plane crash in Afghanistan that claimed the lives of 7 US Military personnel. Six of the seven aboard were from right here in Michigan, the seventh from Kentucky.
- Powerful Days: The Civil Rights Photography of Charles Moore by Michael S. Durham
- Inferno by James Nachtwey
- Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America by James Allen
- VanDerZee, photographer 1886-1983 by Deborah Willis (Deborah Willis has compiled quite a few books of photography that I have enjoyed)