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How Photojournalism Killed Kevin Carter

Warning: some photos in this article are graphic and disturbing.

Kevin Carter Vulture Photo

Kevin Carter’s most famous photo Source: The Unsolicited Opinion

When this photograph capturing the suffering of the Sudanese famine was published in the New York Times on March 26, 1993, the reader reaction was intense and not all positive. Some people said that Kevin Carter, the photojournalist who took this photo, was inhumane, that he should have dropped his camera to run to the little girl’s aid. The controversy only grew when, a few months later, he won the Pulitzer Prize for the photo. By the end of July, 1994, he was dead.

Kevin Carter Trash Can Lid

Photojournalist Guy Adams took this shot of Carter during township violence; behind him, a man uses a trash can lid as a shield Source: Miko Photo

Emotional detachment allowed Carter and other photojournalists to witness countless tragedies and continue the job. The world’s intense reactions to the vulture photo appeared to be punishment for this necessary trait. Later, it became painfully clear that he hadn’t been detached at all. He had been deeply, fatally affected by the horrors he had witnessed.

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Wettest Place Knups

Source: The Atlantic

Receiving over 467 inches of rain a year (that’s around 38 feet or 5.4 Shaquille O’Neals), it’s safe to say that Mawsynram, India puts the rest of the world’s spring showers to shame. Adapting to their environment instead of making their environment adapt to them, locals have taken to donning knups, the best umbrellas known to man. Made from bamboo and banana leaf, knups rest on the head, allowing wearers full use of their hands, and more reliable coverage from heavy rainstorms. Learn more about this village–and their self-strengthening “living bridges”–at The Atlantic.

Wettest Place Root Bridge

Source: The Atlantic

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Surviving and thriving is the name of the game in the animal kingdom. Predator or prey, their varying survival methods continue to baffle humankind. That can especially be said about camouflage, or natural selection’s way of saying that if you want to survive in this world, you must not stand out. Animals that are often hunted by predators use camouflage in order to hide in plain sight, and predators will use camouflage in order to sneak up on prey without giving them a chance to do much protesting. The following images are the “Where’s Waldo” of the wilderness.

Fish On Rocks

Source: Aqua

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