Monday, June 11, 2012

Kevin Carter: Disturbing Photos


This depressing image is publicized by The New York Times on March 26,1993, taken by a photographer Kevin Carter in Southern Sudan. It became an iconic photo of Vulture preying upon a Sudanese child, stalking her or waiting for the chance to attack. The parent of the toddler is busy taking food and medical supplies from the same UN(United Nations) plane Kevin Carter took.

According to Carter he waited about twenty minutes, hoping that the vulture would spread its wings. maybe for a reason of more dramatic image, but it didn't. He snapped the haunting photograph and chased the vulture away.

After the photograph was publicized hundreds of people contacted the newspaper to ask if the child survived. In a special editor's note run by publishing newspaper said that the girl had enough strength to walk away from the vulture , but her ultimate fate was unknown.

Carter came under criticism for not helping that helpless child. Journalist were oriented not to touch the famine victims because off the risk of transmitting disease. He could do nothing but to chase away the bird.

Kevin Carter won the Pulitzer Prize for his photo, but the photographer admits he didn't enjoy the privilege. "I'm really, really sorry I didn't pick up the child up," he mentioned this to a friend. Under criticism, violence he'd witnessed, questions as the little girl's fate and with a haunting photo, Carter had been depressed and committed suicide on 27th July 1994.

These are other disturbing photos by Kevin 

Carter,   these images tells more than a story, 

tells more than the reality, this photos tells us to 

do something. This happens not only in Africa, 

but around the world, and probably near you. 

You just unnoticed the situation or ignore such 

things. You may be disgusted for what you see, 

but this is the reality Carter wants the public to 


(click image to enlarge)

SEPTEMBER 13, 1960-JULY 27, 1994


  1. We remember him for what he has done for those of us who are responsible. We remember him for his insights into the deepest darkest corners of humanity's soul. We remember him because he no longer lives to know what he achieved through his life and photographs. He was too young to die. C

  2. Remembering KC for what his insight has brought into photo journalism. And will forever be remembered.