Photographer captures the explosion that kills her

Discussion in 'photography, graphics & art' started by Artaxerxes, May 4, 2017.

  1. Artaxerxes

    Artaxerxes Well-Known Member

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  2. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Fucking hell. Powerful stuff.
  3. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    I note the photos were "published with permission of the Clayton family" but I bet they didn't speak to the families of the Afghan soldiers actually being killed in the picture.
  4. noodles

    noodles ▁▂▃▅▆▇▉

    I did find it slightly odd that on none of the articles that I read on this were the other victims' names given.
  5. Artaxerxes

    Artaxerxes Well-Known Member

    Not much about the other photographer either, one from her and one from the guy she was training to replace her.

    Bit shit now you point it out.
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  6. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    What I found slightly distasteful about this story was the way that it was deemed so appalling that the mortar shell went off at the point of firing.

    It obviously was a powerful explosion and killed many that were around the mortar but this explosion was intended, the destructive force was intended, it was just that it was intended for the planned recipients of the mortar who might have been equally devastated if the weapon had worked as planned and not malfunctioned.
  7. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    It was a training exercise.

    I'm pretty sure a photo taken at the receiving end in battle would have been equally praiseworthy but photojournalists killed by mortars don't usually get a chance to set up the shot beforehand.
  8. mhendo

    mhendo Aussie in San Diego

    This New York Times article gives the name of the Afghan photographer, or at least (what I presume is) his first name:
    It's worth noting that there might be good reasons for not naming the Afghan soldiers. Those in Afghanistan who help the American forces have, over the past 15 years, often been subject to reprisals from supporters of the Taliban. Their families have also been targeted for violence.
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