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    Powerful Photos from the world's press

    Being a youtube junkie, I often stumble across all sorts of stuff. I came across this ivideo which really had an effect on me. It's just a collection of World Press Photos of the Year from 1955 - 2008. It's worth a watch if you have the time. For many it will bring back memories for others it will show events in history that they may not have been around for. Just powerful stuff. Turn the odd music down a bit and it will fade in the background as the pictures power takes over. Make sure you go full screen to see the pics.




    I got to the above collection through this video from 1963...


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    ^ Looked through the the first one. Interesting stuff. What struck me was how many of the earlier years photos were "iconic". Instantly recognisable, both with regards to the photo, as well as the "story" behind the photo. Noticably, I found many fewer of the more recent ones (mid 80s onward) recognisable, and indeed could not place either the image or the event. Reflective of how we (I?) get our (my) information maybe.

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    I had never seen the 50s-60s stuff. The clip of the soldiers firing machine guns in that parliament chamber was amazing. There's so much I don't know about history.

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    Txs. The Eddie Adams photo of the VC shooting that kid in the head...the little shrivelled hand in Mother Theresa's palm... So many memories. Thanks for this. I used to go see the Press Club exhibit every year. Many powerful photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Gorgon View Post
    Txs. The Eddie Adams photo of the VC shooting that kid in the head....
    huh?

    Could you run that by me again?

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    ^ Sorry. Shooting a VC in the head. Freudian moment. I forget nothing pro American was ever shown in that war.

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    ^ A pivotal, and generally misunderstood photo. What Adams said after:

    I won a Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for a photograph of one man shooting another … The general killed the Viet Cong; I killed the general with my camera. Still photographs are the most powerful weapon in the world. People believe them, but photographs do lie, even without manipulation. They are only half-truths. What the photograph didn't say was, "What would you do if you were the general at that time and place on that hot day, and you caught the so-called bad guy after he blew away one, two or three American soldiers?" General Loan was what you would call a real warrior, admired by his troops. I'm not saying what he did was right, but you have to put yourself in his position. …This picture really messed up his life. He never blamed me. He told me if I hadn't taken the picture, someone else would have, but I've felt bad for him and his family for a long time. I had kept in contact with him; the last time we spoke was about six months ago, when he was very ill.
    I sent flowers when I heard that he had died and wrote, "I'm sorry. There are tears in my eyes."
    --Eddie Adams


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    ^ Thanks much for that, Nid. Can't remember reading it before. Eddie is so right...a photo captures that "Isshun", the essence of a single second, so easy to misinterpret. That happens so much in the news.

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    Sharp exhale after watching..........but thanks.

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