Best Picture Ever.

February 28, 2005

No, this isn’t an Academy Awards post, but the Academy Awards show last night got me thinking about how, over the course of my life, certain images have been thoroughly burned into my consciousness.   Here’s the most stunning image my eyes have ever seen.  I think it encapsulates how completely we can aspire to community and to the sacred and how cruelly we can crush these aspirations.

[Warning: It’s a scene from the Rwandan genocide, specifically coming from James Nachtwey’s set of 5 photos that accompanied Samantha Power’s September 2001 article "Bystanders to Genocide" in The Atlantic.  To view it, click the following link.

(JPEG Image — 697 x 1024 pixels, 78K)

To see some more of Mr. Nachtwey’s incredible photography, you currently can view his portofolio "Witness" at his website]

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