Sunday, August 17, 2008

Born Twice (USA)

An experimental – and controversial – procedure for treating a crippling birth defect in the womb offered Trish and Mike Switzer the only chance that their daughter would walk like other children. But the fetal surgery posed a fatal dilemma: Their baby could die before she was born.

Photographer Max Aguilera-Hellweg said about this photo: “During a spina bifida corrective procedure at twenty-one weeks in utero, Samuel thrusts his tiny hand out of the surgical opening of his mother’s uterus. As the doctor lifts his hand, Samuel reacts to the touch and squeezes the doctor’s finger. As if testing for strength, the doctor shakes the tiny fist. Samuel held firm. At that moment, I took this “Fetal Hand Grasp” photo.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Omaha Beach-Normandy (France)

"If your pictures aren’t good enough," war photographer Robert Capa used to say, "you aren’t close enough." Words to die by, yes, but the man knew of what he spoke. 

On the morning of D-Day, June 6, 1944, when he landed alongside the first waves of infantry at Omaha Beach and caught under heavy fire, Capa dove for what little cover he could find, then shot all the film in his camera, and got out - barely. He escaped with his life, but not much else.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Tourist Guy

The tourist guy, also known as the tourist of death, is an internet phenomenon consisting of a photograph of a tourist that has appeared in many photoshopped pictures after the 11 September 2001 attacks.
Soon after 9/11, an image showing a tourist while an airliner was about to hit the building beneath him circulated on the internet. It was claimed that the picture came from a camera that was found in the debris at Ground Zero.
A 25 year old Hungarian man named Péter Guzli came forward as the real tourist. Guzli took the photo on 28 November 1997, and was also responsible for the initial edit. He edited the image for a few friends, not realizing it would spread so quickly across the Internet. He first provided the original photo and several other photos from the same series as proof to a Hungarian newspaper.
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