The vulture and the little girl


The vulture is waiting for the girl to die and eat her. This photo was taken by South African photojournalist Kevin Carter while on assignment in Sudan. He committed suicide a few months later due to depression.

In March 1993, Kevin Carter traveled to Sudan. Near the village of Ayod, Carter found a girl who had stopped to rest while struggling for a feeding center at the United Nations, where a vulture had landed nearby.

Careful not to disturb the bird, he waited twenty minutes until the vulture came close enough, positioned himself for the best possible image, and only then drove the vulture away. At this point, Carter may not have been aware yet that he had shot one of the most controversial photographs in the history of photojournalism.

“The parents of the kids were busy getting food from the plane, so they had left their kids for a while while collecting the food. This was the case with the girl in the photo taken by Carter. A vulture landed behind the girl. To bring the two into focus, Carter approached the scene very slowly so as not to scare off the vulture and took a picture from about 10 meters. He took a few more pictures before driving the bird away."

The photo was sold to The New York Times, where it first appeared on March 26, 1993. Practically overnight hundreds of people contacted the newspaper asking if the child had survived, leading the newspaper to run a special editor's note, which stated that the girl was strong enough to get away from the vulture, but her eventual fate unknown. was. Because of this, Carter was besieged by the question of why he didn't help the girl and only used her to take a picture.

Like many dramatic photographs, Carter has come under criticism for this shot. Petersburg Times in Florida wrote: "The man who is adjusting his lens to take the correct frame of his suffering may also be a predator, another vulture on the scene".

The attitude that public opinion condemned was not only that of taking the picture instead of immediately chasing the vulture, but also that it did not help the girl—as Carter later explained—to continue her march. Left in such a weak position for himself towards the feeding center.

However, Carter was working at a time when photojournalists were told not to touch famine victims for fear of spreading the disease. Carter estimated that twenty people per hour were dying at the food center.

The child was not unique. Regardless, Carter often expressed regret that he didn't do anything to help the girl, even though there wasn't much he could do.

In 1994, Kevin Carter won the Pulitzer Prize for the disturbing picture of a Sudanese child being chased by a vulture. That same year, Kevin Carter committed suicide.

Carter is a sad example of the toll this kind of suffering can take on a single person. With his famous photograph, Carter captured such things as the executions of a public defeat in South Africa in the 1980s, as well as the violence of the time, including shootings and other executions.

Carter spoke of his thoughts while taking these photos: "I had to think visually. I'm zooming in on a tight shot of the dead man and a splash of red. Going in his khaki uniform in a pool of blood in the sand. The dead man's face is slightly brown. You are creating a scene here. But something inside is shouting: 'My God!'. But it's time to get to work. Deal with the rest later. If you can't do that, get out of the game."

Suicide: On July 27, 1994, Carter made his way to Parkmore near the Field and Study Center, an area where he played as a child, by taping one end of a hose to the exhaust pipe of his pickup truck. and committed suicide by driving. The other end of the driver's side window. He died of carbon monoxide poisoning at the age of 33. Carter's suicide note read:

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