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Why Photographer Suicide After Winning The Award For This Photo Will Leave You In Tears..

Kevin Carter was a South African Photo Journalist. In March 1993, Carter was on a trip to Sudan and preparing to Photograph a Starving toddler trying to reach a feeding Center When a Hooded Vulture landed nearby and Carter took the Picture because it was his “Job Title”. The vulture was waiting for the girl to die and to eat her.

He was told not to touch the Children to prevent from Transmitting Diseases.
That Photograph was sold to The New York Times and other Newspapers around the world. Hundreds of people contacted the newspaper to ask the fate of the girl..

In 1994, Kevin Carter won the Pulitzer prize for the disturbing photograph of a Sudanese child being stalked by a vulture.

He Committed Suicide 3 Months After He Won that Prize by taping one end of hose to his pickup truck’s exhaust pipe and running the other end to the driver’s side window. He died of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at the age of 33. His last message read;

“I’m really, really sorry. The pain of life overrides the joy to the point that joy does not exist… I am depressed… without phone… money for rent … money for child support… money for debts… money!!!… I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings and corpses and anger and pain… of starving or wounded children, of trigger-happy madmen, often police, of killer executioners… I have gone to join Ken [recently deceased colleague Ken Oosterbroek] if I am that lucky”.

 

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