Need reference to famous Salgado image of vulture+child

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  1. Bill Mitchell

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    I have often heard or read a reference to a "famous" image by Salgado of a starving child in the desert being shadowed by a vulture. ("You know it's gonna get him sooner or later....") But I don't seem to be able to find it any any of the several books I have checked, including "Migrations". Can anyone give me a reference to it, or could it actually be misattributed?
     
  2. Andre R. de Avillez

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    I believe that its missatributed. I think that I have the image in a magazine here somewhere, and I'll check and get back to you. Its by a (then) young photographer who later commited suicide.
     
  3. Andre R. de Avillez

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    From Times Eyewitness 150 years of photojournalism:

    "Death Vigil in Sudan"
    Kevin Carter, 1993

    Carter commited suicide in 1994
     
  4. Bill Mitchell

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    Thanks. Surely that is the image in question. Not Salgado at all, although it could have been. Bill.
     
  5. Andre R. de Avillez

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    No problem, man. Its a very strong image, and a very good one too. Its one of those that bring up lots of ethical questions on photojournalism (is just taking an image doing enough? Is it right to even take such a picture and walk away? etc...). I believe that this had something to do with Carter's suicide, but I could be wrong.

    take care,

    André
     
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    It had.

    I have book about Pulitzer awarded photographers. In that book, in text about that particular photograph is stated that because of questions you mentioned, and his state of mind after those questions, he made suicide.

    In one of previous threads, "Can one photograph change life" I mentioned this particular photograph as example of life changing photograph. Not only for lifes of subject of photograph or people looking at photograph, but for photographers life too. Exactly because of photographers suicide.

    At time of suicide he was 33 years old...
     
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    There is a book published called 'The Bang Bang Club' (ISBN 0-465-04412-3) about four South African photographers covering unrest in both South Africa and the rest of Africa. Of the four photgraphers Greg Marinovich was shot and wounded in two separate incidents, Kevin Carter committed suicide and Ken Oesterbrook was killed covering the township violence.

    Carter took the photograph of the child and vulture which won a Pulitzer prize for him. The one question that permanently haunted him was what did he do with the child after the photograph was taken. It was said that there was a feeding station in close proximity.

    The book is written by Marinovich and Joao Silva, the fourth photographer. It is a harrowing, thought provoking book and highly recommended.

    Not sure if you can post links but there is a write up here:

    http://www.digitalfilmmaker.net/Bang/bangbangclub.html