Friday, December 28, 2007

There Will Be Blood


I write for a living, and yet no matter my powers of adequate depiction and analysis -- nor anyone else's for that matter -- I still adhere to the old adage that sometimes, a picture is truly worth a thousand words.

John Moore, a photographer for Getty Images, was there yesterday as former Pakistani Prime Minister and opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was savagely murdered right in the middle of a crowd of her supporters.

The moments he captured are simply beyond description.

The photo above appeared on the front page of this morning's New York Times. It's one of the most astonishingly powerful images I've seen in my 38 years on this planet.

It says everything that needs to be said.

5 comments:

Suzy said...

horrible. i can't stop shaking my head in disbelief. not that this actually happened (because we, as well as she, all knew it was just a matter of time), but that she's gone. sometimes knowing something and experiencing something are two separate and unrelated things. http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/12/27/bhutto.photographer/?iref=hpmostpop
thanks for posting this chez.

Juju said...

That is a truly amazing and telling picture. With all the digital technology today any dumbass can take a picture and edit it in photoshop to make it look good. Here, someone has a remarkable "eye". No editing needed.

Charly Gordon said...

The Times has a slide show of Moore's images on their Website; with narration by the photographer.


To me, it's the last image in the slide show that is the most powerful. I literally felt the hairs on my arms standing up the first time i saw it. It's almost as if she knew what was going to happen to her only minutes later...

http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/world/20071227_BHUTTO_FEATURE/index.html

Charly Gordon said...

hmm. seems as if blogger comments cut off the last part of that URL, which is

FEATURE/index.html

A Bowl Of Stupid said...

I JUST read about this, having spent the last month getting jacked and surfing in the Philippines.

I was just showing up just to say hey and to wish you my best for the new year. But now, I honestly don't know what to say.

Fuck this shit, I'm heading to Sri Lanka.

If you ever need anything from me, you know how to get hold of me, right kid?

Peace.