I read the article and looked at the pictures with interest but I couldn't see any essential difference in any of them in terms of what they conveyed which I took to be tragedy . I wasn't at all clear what the author was getting at in terms of "illustration" and "transparency"

Was he saying that one was the truthful representation and not the others? I am puzzled

Anyone else puzzled and if not let me know what I am missing in my observations of the pictures