“Kevin Carter, whose pictures were used in all the British publications,  unfortunately committed suicide a short while ago. It’s a great loss to the photographic community of the country and worldwide I would imagine as well. I spoke to Kevin after the event and he was incredibly shook up by it and it’s possibly one of the events that eventually influenced him to take his life.” – David Sandison, Picture Editor, Sunday Times, Johannesburg – [1].

I turned a newspaper page in 1994 and saw this photograph.

“Carter ran out of film halfway through the incident, every photographer’s nightmare, but still got enough pictures to shock the world. It will probably win the news category of the World Press Photographic Competition to be judged later this year. Unfortunately Carter will not be there to collect his prize.” – Eamonn McCabe, The Guardian – [2].

It doesn’t take very much for things to go very badly wrong – on either side of the lens.

If this is art, what kind of art is it? Is photojournalism the art of storytelling?



[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC7UyAN-jrY

[2] https://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/jul/30/kevin-carter-photojournalist-obituary-archive-1994