Vulture Stalking A Child

Published on March 12, 2012, 12:49 am
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Sudan, March 1, 1993.

Kevin Carter

Vulture Stalking A Child

Greg Marinovich

Taken just over 19 years ago, Kevin Carter’s photo shows a heart-breaking scene of a starving child collapsed on the ground, struggling to get to a UN food center during a famine in the Sudan in 1993. In the background, a vulture stalks the emaciated child.

Carter was part of a group of four fearless photojournalists known as the “Bang Bang Club” who traveled throughout South Africa capturing the atrocities committed during apartheid.

“I’m really, really sorry I didn’t pick the child up,”
he confided in a friend.

Consumed with the violence he had witnessed, and haunted by the questions as to the little girl’s fate, he committed suicide three months later, soon after receiving the Pulitzer Prize award for the shot.

Another Pullizer Award winning photo produced by a memeber of the Club is that of a man being hacked with a machete as he is engulfed in flames from already being set on fire by his muderers.

A 2011 TriBeCa Film Festival movie, The Bang Bang Club, depicts the events and the people of that time.

 

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