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Yolanda Vanveen
Yolanda Vanveen • 2 years ago

Dali Atomicus, is perhaps Halsman’s most famous one. In 1940s Halsman had begun to collaborate with a surrealist painter named Salvador Dali. This photograph was named after Dali and one of his paintings called Leda Atomica. The painting was still not finished at the time of taking the photo and is visible behind cats on right hand side. The entire effect in the photo was achieved by suspending objects like chair and painting, throwing bucketful of water and cats in air, and a jumping Dali. Y...

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Kevin Carter, the photographer, was 33 when he took this picture. He was a lensman who covered chaos and dread of wars in hope to establish himself as a photojournalist. Like other photographers he also craved for that special and perfect shot. Eventually that special photo came his way but not among the corpses in battlefields. Instead he clicked the photo, that took him to the heights of fame, in famine-stricken Sudan. Carter was working with Weekly Mail in March 1993 when he took leaves, borrowed money for airfare and went to Sudan to cover the plight of starving Sudanese. As soon as his plane landed in the village of Ayod he started taking pictures of hungry people waiting outside a feeding camp. After sometime he heard high-pitched whimpering coming from nearby open bush. He went in there and found an emaciated, and barely alive, girl child struggling to reach the feeding center. The condition of child was very bad. She had collapsed. Carter positioned himself to take her pictures. Suddenly a vulture also landed in his view. The bird waited for child to die so it can eat her. This was the scene that Carter clicked to get the photograph that I am presenting today. Later, Carter said that before taking this picture he waited for 20 minutes in hope that the vulture would spread its wings. But the bird did not oblige and Carter had to take the scene as it was. After that he chased the bird away and left the child with her struggle. Carter had become so distressed seeing all this that the very next day he left Sudan. At that time The New York Times was looking for photographs from Sudan and it bought Carter’s photograph for publication. This photograph was first published on March 26, 1993 in the daily newspaper. It grabbed world’s attention and immediately brought both Sudan’s famine and Carter in spotlight.

  • Diane Kelley

    The story by Greg Marinovich, states that the child was no more than 20 yards from it's mother and a UN feeding station. The child was never harmed.

  • Charlotte Goggins

    This picture stll disburbs me for some reason.

  • Jennifer Stubbs

    Probably the saddest thing I have ever seen.

  • Jay Caruso

    Photographers in the region were under orders to not touch famine victims. There were 20-30 people an hour dying at food centers nearby. There was not much he would have been able to do with her.

  • Diane Kelley

    I'm sure the people judging him for NOT helping this child were a huge part of his suicide. Shame really, people pointing fingers rarely get their own dirty. This photo brought INSTANT media/national attention to the region where then help and aid could be administered.

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