Monday, June 11, 2007

Thousand Word Pictures

On June 8, 1972, photographer Huynh Cong Ut took what is considered one of the most iconic photographs of the Vietnam War-

For those of you who don't know, the photo was taken while Vietnamese children were escaping a napalm attack on their village. Ut won the Pulitzer prize for it.

So what do Pulitzer prize-winning photographers do later in life? Take more iconic pictures, of course! Ut took the following picture on June 8, 2007, thirty-five years to the day of his previous picture-

I've thought about this a bit ever since I've learned that they were taken by the same man, who has captured two snapshots that define the society we live in. I mean come on, we have a war in Iraq, American-Iranians being locked up in Iran, and even genocide in Darfur. These things are all greatly important and certainly worthy of discussion, yet what have we chosen to focus on instead? Some wealthy heiress not intelligent enough to realize that drunk driving might not be a great idea.

For better or worse, everyone, remember that we are the ones who choose to define ourselves. Ponder that a bit while I keep on a-studying, will you?


Anonymous said...

if you do not mind me asking, where did you find the credit for the photo and its photographer?

e-cookie for the entry.

Yvette said...

Wikipedia does wonders, that's where the two images are mirrored from too...