Photo of man about to be killed by subway train

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  1. Jennasis

    Jennasis DIS life goes on

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    I guess I feel there's a difference between the photo of a random person about to die a horrible death and a story thats of national signifigance like of war or an assassination attempt etc.
     
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  3. SaraJayne

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    For me, what makes this photo worse than war photos or other tragedies that have already happened is in this case, the outcome could have been different.

    In war photos (Civil War and others), the subjects are already dead and nothing could have been done to save them.

    *shrug* I don't know, it just strikes me as voyeuristic and disgusting someone is profiting off this man's death.
     
  4. Princess Dolly

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    Exactly what I thought. The world isn't always pretty. Humanity isn't always pretty. The photograph is what it is, the headline though is just disgusting.
     
  5. MakiraMarlena

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    I am not sure anyone on the platform could have helped the guy on the tracks. He was thrown in front of an oncoming subway train. Those things are huge and moving quickly when they enter the station, and they do not stop on a dime.

    There happened to be a freelance photographer who sold pictures to the NY Post on the platform. He'd had his camera out. I unless I mistunderstood the coverage on the morning news shows he was using his camera to record some of the argument that went on between the victim and the guy who threw him on the track before the incident happened. He did what freelance photographers generally do when he took the picture, not that I'm buying his excuse that he was trying to use the flash to signal the train operator to stop. It would have been obvious the train could not stop in time. They said on the news that the train driver was so traumatized they had to sedate him.

    But publishing it? And on the front page? Yikes. I know it's the NY Post and they'll publish anything. But yikes.
     
  6. eliza61

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    And there is a world of difference in a photojournalist and anyone with an Iphone or for that matter a snarky tabloid photographer.

    There is a good chance that a photojournalist would NOT have released the picture. They understand the difference between wanting to document a story and wanting to make a buck off of some one elses tragedy.

    Photojournalist want their pictures to do more than sell a newspaper.
     
  7. luvmy3

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    But that is still someone's loved one whether it effects the world or just them.
    Maybe part of the problem is that people are desensitized because we do see those types of photos in the media, so when it is a random person, its not a big deal.
    (not saying its not a big deal, just saying that is the perception of photos like this when they are published).
     
  8. Princess Dolly

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    Wrong. This guy was a freelance photographer not just someone with an iPhone or a snarky tabloid photographer.
     
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    But could it? He was thrown in front of a train just before it entered the station and was too dazed to quickly get up and get to the side of the tracks where someone could reach him. From what I've heard, and it admittedly could be incorrect, it was unlikely anyone could help him without turning this from one death into multiple deaths.

    It is unlikely the man taking this photo had any more chance of saving the victim in this photograph than the man who took this one yet I have never once heard anyone say he should have put the camera down and tried to put out the fire instead.
     
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    :thumbsup2
     
  11. Geoff_M

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    Perhaps you can name for me the name of the woman that Stanley Forman photographed falling to her death in an apartment fire after the fire escape balcony she was standing on collapsed in Boston in 1975... and explain to me her national significance? Forman, a photographer for the Boston Herald American, was awarded the first of his two Pulitzer Prizes for this equally horrifying photo... 37 years ago.
     
  12. Jennasis

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    Well, I wasn't around in '75 nor was I familiar with that photo. I also am not on the Pulitzer committee so I have no voice in what they choose. Was the photo published on the cover of a prominent newspaper?

    if so then i would be equally disgusted in it's use on the cover...even with a pulitzer. It isnt the photo, it was how it was used.
     
  13. SaraJayne

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    I wasn't there, so I don't know. But I *want* it to be different, kwim?

    I have not looked at the photo, but I can imagine what it looks like from descriptions and my mind screams "why doesn't someone help him?!"

    Like I said, it's more of a visceral reaction seeing a photo like that, not based on the reality of the situation.
     
  14. FergieTCat

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    I completely agree with your first paragraph. I never read the Post for that reason alone.

    I wish there were some way that photographer could be held liable for his actions, but NOT being a good samaritan is not against the law (as far as I know).

    I don't understand how he could live with himself. It borderlines on sociopathic; does he have no conscience?
     
  15. nmmom95

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    This.

    Realistically, there was probably no time or safe way to save this poor man.
     
  16. Geoff_M

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    From the article I linked (emphasis mine):
    The Forman example is just one that I'm aware... Here's another national news example from 2003... Were you around when this happened and it was featured in newspapers and national news programs? Was the doomed pizza delivery man Brian Wells a national figure?
     
  17. crazyme5kids

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    I would say that these pictures do more than sell newspapers. Photojournalists sell photos to papers all the time. Many times very disturbing (like these) photos.

    I wonder if these photos were published by a different paper, with a different headline, if people would have the same reaction. I know we, or most would still find the photos disturbing, but could it be the wording of the Post's headline that makes it more disgusting for some people?
     
  18. SaraJayne

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    What is the headline? I did not click on the link, so I didn't see it.
     
  19. Jennasis

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    Sorry. I'm unfamiliar with that photo and the accompanying story. It doesnt negate my feelings on the subway photo or other photos used in a similar manner.
     
  20. crazyme5kids

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    "Pushed onto the subway, this man is about to die." Then in huge letters DOOMED.
     
  21. SaraJayne

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    Ugh. :sad2:
     

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