The cover of today’s New York Post: a man about to be killed

posted on December 4th 2012 in Photography with 0 Comments

A man standing on the subway tracks in midtown Manhattan, having just been pushed there by someone. A train is coming, and he’s about to be killed. For some, it’s almost painful to look at, and it’s raising a ton of questions about if a photo like this should even exist, let alone grace the cover of one of the United States’ biggest papers.

A freelance photographer working for the New York Post on an unrelated assignment happened to be standing on the 49th Street station platform when 58-year-old Queens resident Ki Suk Han was suddenly pushed onto the tracks by an as-yet-unidentified assailant.

The photographer, R. Umar Abbasi, snapped at least two photos of Han before he was run over by the downtown Q train. The married father-of-one sustained critical injuries and was later pronounced dead at Roosevelt Hospital.

The cover of the New York Post we’re talking about is this one:

The whole discussion goes back to the argument about whether photographers should be helping or shooting during times of crisis. The most famous case being probably Kevin Carter and his incredible photo of a starving child being surveilled by a vulture.

Of course, if there was any chance for the photog to save the man, he should’ve taken it. But right now, we don’t know all the facts, and even if security footage comes out as it often does, we still won’t.

How do you feel about all of this? Feel free to share your feelings in the comments.


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