Starving Child and Vulture : The True Story Behind The Controversial Photo

Photos reveal the unseen side of things… At first, it seems unethical. Who would actually shoot such a picture? A vulture stalking over a small starving child… The photo was taken in 1993 by a South African photojournalist Kevin Carter. At the time he had travelled to Sudan to picture and report the famine. The photographer was highly criticised for his lack of ethical attitude. Why photograph an endangered starving child, threatened by a vulture? And show it to the world? The photographer was standing next to the mother and took the picture at a specific angle. In reality, the vulture wasn’t actually so close. And the child had her mother beside. Kevin Cartner raised such a public outrage that he later took his own life in 1994. This image is a Pulitzer Prize-winning image. As famous for its social impact, as it is the ethical issues it raised.

Photos reveal the unseen side of things…

At first, it seems unethical. Who would actually shoot such a picture? A vulture stalking over a small starving child…

The photo was taken in 1993 by a South African photojournalist Kevin Carter. At the time he had travelled to Sudan to picture and report the famine. The photographer was highly criticised for his lack of ethical attitude. Why photograph an endangered starving child, threatened by a vulture? And show it to the world? The photographer was standing next to the mother and took the picture at a specific angle. In reality, the vulture wasn’t actually so close. And the child had her mother beside.

Kevin Cartner raised such a public outrage that he later took his own life in 1994.

This image is a Pulitzer Prize-winning image. As famous for its social impact, as it is the ethical issues it raised.

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