kevin carter – (es/en)

Este es mi homenaje a Kevin Carter, fotógrafo sudafricano que ganó el Pulitzer en 1994 por fotografiar un niño apenas con vida y un buitre ansioso de carroña. Desde su publicación en The New York Times Carter recibió un mar de críticas por su acción. Los bienpensantes querían saber qué le pasó al niño y si Carter le había ayudado.
Independientemente de las diversas versiones que ruedan por ahí, para mí hay un hecho primordial:
La fotografía de Kevin Carter es el epítome de las hambrunas en África y ha hecho más por concienciar al mundo sobre esta vergüenza, que lo que todos sus detractores juntos, y seguramente bien alimentados, harán nunca.
Lo demás es pura y llanamente hipocresía.
Descansa en paz, Kevin Carter.
Kevin Carter - Dugutigui 0
This is my tribute to Kevin Carter, a South African photojournalist who won the Pulitzer in 1994 for photographing a child barely alive and a vulture eager for carrion. Since its publication in The New York Times Carter’s memorable scene sparked a wide reaction. Righteous people wanted to know what happened to the child and whether Carter had helped him.
Regardless of the various versions that roll around, for me there is a fundamental fact:
Kevin Carter’s photo is the epitome of the famine in Africa, and has done more to educate the world about this shame than what all detractors together, and certainly well fed, will ever do.
The rest is pure and simple hypocrisy.
Rest in peace, Kevin Carter.
Kevin Carter – Dugutigui



About Dugutigui

In the “Diula” language in Mali, the term « dugutigui » (chief of the village), literally translated, means: «owner of the village»; «dugu» means village and «tigui», owner. Probably the term is the result of the contraction of «dugu kuntigui» (literally: chief of the village).
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16 Responses to kevin carter – (es/en)

  1. Hachege says:

    totalmente de acuerdo

  2. There’s a great film about the lives of Kevin Carter and his friends, the other three famous South African photographers Greg Marinovich, Joao Silva and Ken Osterbroek (who was shot). They were called the Bang Bang Club which is also the title of the film based on the autobiography of Marinovich and Silva. The film shows how Carter took the above photo

    • Dugutigui says:

      I saw the film a few weeks ago and it was the reason of this post. It brought back my feelings on the issue at the time (1994). Ken Osterbroek was shot dead and Greg Marinovich recovered after also being shot (he has been shot two times more along his career).
      Thanks for your comment!

  3. Sharmishtha says:

    hope after taking that pic he picked up that child and placed him somewhere from where he came out alive!

    what a scary, horrid scene it must be for people of that poor country!

    • Dugutigui says:

      There are many versions of what happened after he took the picture. But I think this is not the point. They point is what are you doing to help that people after you see his picture…?
      Do not shoot the messenger … and do nothing.
      Thanks for your comment!

  4. I click the English button in the Reader and I get a blog on Quantum Computers D Wave….well, I don’t know about that but perhaps the comments above will enlighten me as to whom Kevin Carter was or is.

  5. Now that I read your blog and not the Quantum Computer blog, I do know whom Kevin Carter was and that his photography was awesome and his coverage of Africa was the best we would ever have.

    That Reader is useless.

  6. chr1 says:

    That photo is tough to look at. I imagine Carter took a lot of risks to be on the ground where he was.

    Thanks for sharing his work.

    • Dugutigui says:

      18 years before his suicide (1994) he found upholding the apartheid regime loathsome. When riots began sweeping the black townships in 1984, Carter moved to the Johannesburg Star and aligned himself with the crop of young, white photojournalists who wanted to expose the brutality of apartheid —a mission that had once been the almost exclusive calling of South Africa’s black photographers. They put themselves in face of danger, were arrested numerous times, but never quit. They literally were willing to sacrifice themselves for what they believed in. By 1990, civil war was raging between Mandela’s A.N.C. and the Zulu-supported Inkatha Freedom Party. For whites, it became potentially fatal to work the townships alone. To diminish the dangers, Carter hooked up with three friends —Ken Oosterbroek of the Star and free-lancers Greg Marinovich (also Pulitzer) and Joao Silva— and they began moving through Soweto and Tokoza at dawn. If a murderous gang was going to shoot up a bus, throw someone off a train or cut up somebody on the street, it was most likely to happen as township dwellers began their journeys to work in the soft, shadowy light of an African morning. The four became so well known for capturing the violence that Living, a Johannesburg magazine, dubbed them “the Bang-Bang Club.”
      Even with the teamwork, however, cruising the townships was often a perilous affair. Well-armed government security forces used excessive firepower. The chaotic hand-to-hand street fighting between black factions involved AK-47s, spears and axes. “At a funeral some mourners caught one guy, hacked him, shot him, ran over him with a car and set him on fire,” says Joao Silva, describing a typical encounter. “My first photo showed this guy on the ground as the crowd told him they were going to kill him. We were lucky to get away.”
      Few journalists saw as much violence and trauma as he did.
      Thanks for your comment!

  7. chr1 says:

    Thank you for sharing!

  8. ilargia64 says:

    Yes….But I think violence may be was too much for him…Hooked on pipes and drugs…May be it was the only to keep his mind safe …And after, when everybody was blaming him and his friend died…He lost the last string to life…
    Algunas veces la masa es tan tan hipócrita…Hablamos de cosas que no conocemos realmente, tomamos partido en temas que no nos interesan, leemos y creemos a pies juntillas lo que muchos “gurus” deciden que debemos creer…Ya no buscamos la realidad detrás de la apariencia…Platón tenía razón…Todos estamos tan a gustito en nuestra caverna y cuando nos invitan a salir y ver lo que hay fuera, cuando nos invitan a buscar y ser críticos, acabamos con el mensajero!
    Y, al final, para nada…Porque seguramente, no hubo nada de terrible y sí mucho de casualidad en la famosa foto…

    • ilargia64 says:

      Sorry…I wanted to say “it was the only way….” (forgot the “way”!!!! )

    • Dugutigui says:

      Esa es mi idea. Que la foto en sí y sus circunstancias no tienen mayor importancia. Es un solo niño, un solo fotógrafo y un solo buitre. Lo importante es el mensaje (millones de niños padeciendo hambruna) que transmite y es en él, el mensaje, en lo que deberíamos centrar la atención. Lo que pasa es que, frecuentemente, cuando el mensaje no nos gusta buscamos como desvirtuarlo y así evadir nuestra responsabilidad.
      Fotográficamente hablando, según Eduard Steichen, “La misión de la fotografía es explicar el hombre al hombre y cada hombre a sí mismo”. Si esta declaración puede ser tomada como cierta, entonces la foto de Kevin Carter cumplió con su misión.
      ¡Muchas gracias por tu comentario!

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