顯影PhotogStory

顯影(PhotogStory)是香港一個專注攝影寫作的平台,透過攝影了解歷史與世界。 https://www.instagram.com/photogstory/ https://linkin.bio/ig-photogstory

【當年今日】Kevin Carter憑饑荒照片贏得「普立茲獎」,卻因自責及內疚選擇自殺!

南非攝影師Kevin Carter憑着這張蘇丹饑荒的照片贏得1994年的「普立茲獎」,不過他卻因各方批評而深深自責及內疚,而選擇自殺身亡。

1993年,蘇丹陷入大饑荒,荒蕪的土地上,「路有餓死骨」。南非攝影師Kevin Carter前往蘇丹南部一條叫Ayod的村莊拍攝,在前往補給中心的路上,他見到一位骨瘦如柴的小孩用雙手支撐着身體。

當他拍攝照片後不久,一隻禿鷹降落在孩童不遠處,彷彿正等待着「獵物」。他捕捉了這個畫面,照片直白地表達出非洲大地的絕望,成功喚起世人對蘇丹大饑荒的關注,然而批評亦接踵而來,認為他應該拯救孩童,而非拍攝,這張照片也成為了「攝影師是否應該介入現場」的典範之作。

真相是,由於很多饑荒者患有疾病,攝影師事前被告知不可接觸他們。他在現場等待二十分鐘,期間拍攝了這張震撼人心的照片,之後他趕走禿鷹,目睹小孩走向補給中心,據悉小孩在大饑荒中倖存,不過十多年後死於瘧疾。

攝影師憑着這張照片贏得1994年的「普立茲獎」,不過他卻因各方批評而深深自責及內疚,而選擇自殺身亡,寫下“I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings & corpses & anger & pain.”,為相片增添另一重哀傷。若他有幸活到當下,今天(9月13日)恰好61歲。

South African photographer Kevin Carter flew to Sudan to photograph the racking famine in 1993; he came across an emaciated toddler who was going to a feeding center. As he took the picture, a vulture landed nearby and waiting for the "prey."  

Carter was told not to touch the victims because of disease, so instead of helping, he captured this stunning picture, which expressed the despair of the Great Famine in Sudan and raised worldwide attention. 

His image quickly became a case study in the debate over whether photographers should intervene, and he was criticized for not helping the subject. The truth is that he scared the vulture away and watched the child continued toward the center after he took the image.

Carter won a Pulitzer for his image in 1994, but he felt guilty and chose to end his life. If he is lucky enough to live to the present, he would be 61 years old today (September 13).

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