****Warning: Graphic Image****
Amid the chaos caused by a bomb exploding in Kabul, Afghanistan, among Shiite worshipers, Massoud Hossaini took a photograph that later earned him a Pulitzer in photojournalism.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, I can come up with them a lot quicker looking at this. Digitally captured in the briefest of moments lies a wealth of emotion – panic, chaos, grief, anger… The list can go on, and it can all be found in the tiniest of details: the girls face, any bloodied victim or the picture as a whole.
Photographically speaking, the composition is phenomenal given the circumstance. Framed by individuals, as well as a leading line into a growing depth of field in the background, give a sense of the number of people affected. Balanced on both sides, the bottom third is filled with victims of the bombings, surrounding a lone standing girl, screaming, palms open and stained in blood.
A testament to victims within the area, this photo captures the essence of the conflicts within the Middle East covered by the nation’s media. This specific photograph ran on the front page of the New York Times, and was featured in a blog on New York Times’ Lens blog site.
You can follow Massoud Hossaini’s twitter feed @Massoud151.