Is it really necessary? Maybe it is. It’s news afterall. It’s the machine many of us are a part of.
Tonight I just don’t know.
I do know that if something awful ever happened to me I would not want there to be photos; so my kids can remember me the way they want to.
Benjamin, this photo turned my stomach as well, and I didn’t take the decision to publish it lightly. I spoke with Reuters about it before doing so, asking them why they handed it out in the first place (I was told that they had a long internal debate before releasing it). They told me that they felt they had to publish this photo because it was part of the story, because this happened. It happened to someone we know and care about, which is why it makes me sick to see it. But, I personally believe that it tells the story of what should never have happened to Tim and Chris.
Now, I might be wrong.
In light of this, I’ve just modified the story to let people choose whether they want to see the image or not.
I won’t pretend that I know what is best for everyone far from it. Maybe I should have offered that choice right away, and will accept the criticism if so.
News and Online Editor
British Journal of Photography
Thanks for your response Olivier. I don’t think today is the right time for this debate so I won’t say much else. It’s not lost on me that in part both Tim and Chris made a career in taking pictures like the one that troubled me. Here is a picture Chris took two days ago. I believe that the child later died. It would be wrong if the photography of war became banal. I’m sure they would have approved.