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The meaning of 9/11’s most controversial photo


In the photograph Thomas Hoepker took on 11 September 2001, a group of New Yorkers sit chatting in the sun in a park in Brooklyn. Behind them, across brilliant blue water, in an azure sky, a terrible cloud of smoke and dust rises above lower Manhattan from the place where two towers were struck by hijacked airliners this same morning and have collapsed, killing, by fire, smoke, falling or jumping or crushing and tearing and fragmentation in the buildings’ final fall, nearly 3,000 people.

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Ten years on, this is becoming one of the iconic photographs of 9/11, yet its history is strange and tortuous. Hoepker, a senior figure in the renowned Magnum photographers’ co-operative, chose not to publish it in 2001 and to exclude it from a book of Magnum pictures of that horribly unequalled day. Only in 2006, on the fifth anniversary of the attacks, did it appear in a book, and then it caused instant controversy. The critic and columnist Frank Rich wrote about it in the New York Times. He saw in this undeniably troubling picture an allegory of America’s failure to learn any deep lessons from that tragic day, to change or reform as a nation: “The young people in Mr Hoepker’s photo aren’t necessarily callous. They’re just American.”

Fuente: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/sep/02/911-photo-thomas-hoepker-meaning

 

 


S√°bado, 3 de diciembre de 2016 Sin comentarios

Outcry and Confrontation in Ferguson – NYTimes.com


Excelente presentación de un fotorreportaje en el New York Times.

 Outcry and Confrontation in Ferguson

Anger swelled in the St. Louis suburb after Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot by a police officer.

 

Outcry and Confrontation


S√°bado, 23 de agosto de 2014 Sin comentarios

Photographing on the Ground in Gaza


Conocer de primera mano c√≥mo trabajan los mejores…

Sergey Ponomarev, 33, is a freelance photographer covering the conflict in Gaza on assignment for The New York Times. He grew up in Moscow and Ireland and has previously worked for The Associated Press. He spoke to James Estrin from Gaza City on Saturday evening.

“I went straight to Rafah and stayed almost a week there at the home of a local photographer.

It was a war routine. You leave early in the morning to see the houses destroyed the night before. Then you go to funerals, then to the hospital because more injured people arrive, and in the evening you go back to see more destroyed houses.

It was the same thing every day, just switching between Rafah and Khan Younis. One morning we woke up quite early from a huge explosion nearby and the neighboring house was destroyed. A day later I moved to Gaza because Tyler was leaving and I had to replace him here”.

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Fuente: Photographing on the Ground in Gaza.


Martes, 29 de julio de 2014 Sin comentarios