The Bang Bang Club ∞ (photography)

Bang Bang (My Baby Shot me Down) is the name of a single year 1966 American singer Cher. Countless artists have recorded their own version of Bang Bang, including Bon Jovi, (see here), Frank Sinatra (see here), Dalida (see here), etc.

Traigo this post the version of 1967 Mira de Mazzini. Louis Armstrong said it was the best singer on the planet whites. Repeats the phrase "in the lyrics of his subject Bang Bang ... vincerà, who will strike at the heart "es decir, “He will win who aim at the heart”.

The following image is a photo of Kevin Carter published 26 of March 1993 en The New York Times. She won the Pulitzer Prize 1994. In this photo, a vulture waiting for the death of a skeletal child.


Pulitzer Prize 1994 (Photo of Kevin Carter)

To take, Kevin waited more than 20 minutes to get the perfect framing to coincide with the Vulture. "Two witnesses of the same agony" has come to mean.

Kevin was a South African photographer hardened racial conflicts of the late 80 and early 90 in his native South Africa.

Travel of war photographers are trips to hell. Four photographers (Joao Silva, Kevin Carter, Greg Marinovich y Ken Oosterbroek), they covered recent years as one of Apartheid (the system of racial segregation that discriminated against the South African black majority). Two of them, Kevin himself with the photo and exposed, y Greg Marinovich, won the Pulitzer Prize, in an apparent "victory" with his Bang Bang live al heart, as their photos and names reached every corner of the planet.


Pulitzer Prize 1991 (Photo by Greg Marinovich)

The term “Bang Bang” was the expression that South African journalists referred to the street battles that witnessed daily. Back to the redacción, used expressions like "vengo del Bang Bang”. It was the Living magazine who published an article about the bravest photographers titled "Los del paparazzis Bang Bang " referring to the four photographers. For them, the term paparazzi discredited their image, and began calling "The Bang Bang Club"

The quartet shared a passion for photography exorbitant. Living in the midst of danger was like a drug for them. On the one hand seeking personal satisfaction and other, chasing something bigger than themselves.

Little did they know the four photographers was friends with every “Click” your machine actually pointed to his own heart, converting "... vincerà, chi colpirà cuore "version of Mina year 1964, accurate phrase in a boomerang effect. The images captured these four world-renowned photographers gave, Yup, but in proportion damaged their lives.

Kevin Carter wrote: "I've reached a point in which the suffering of life, overrides the joy ... I'm haunted by memories of dead, corpses, of anger and pain ". On his winning photo stated that "It will be the most important shot of my career, but not even want to see it, I hate ". The tragedy and violence are powerful images; why paid so well. But some of the excitement, empathy and vulnerability that makes us human is lost every time you pull the trigger ".

Kevin, a month later obtaining the Pulitzer Prize, committed suicide by filling his van carbon dioxide from the exhaust pipe.


(Kevin Carter)

His friend Ken Oosterbroek had died months before Kevin in one of the skirmishes of Bang Bang as a result of firing of “theoretical” peacekeepers.


(Ken Oosterbroek)

At that same event when Ken lost his life, was first seriously injured Greg Marinovich, who then has three times been saving his life miraculously.


(Greg Marinovich)

Y Joao Silva, October 2010 He lost both legs after stepping on a mine in Afghanistan.


(Joao Silva)

Prior to the accident, Joao said:

"We are human beings and we took all our thoughts with the camera. The camera does not float your own photographs and. It is always our representation. It is always what we are, what we see and what we think is important. We do well to some extent. We take some of the suffering of the people. We take great pictures, our bosses give us pats on the back and the media write about us. But in the end, pay a price. The camera is not a fortress. I feel when a mother crying over her dead son. Feel the excitement. You can not disconnect from all that. Work because that is what you need. But still, there are consequences; there are still traces of emotion that are constructed in your mind and never go away.”

Since the release of Nelson Mandela's election as president who enshrined, There was a silent and terrible civil war in South Africa, not only between blacks and whites but also among supporters of Mandela and Zulu separatists, covertly funded by the paramilitaries.

Best world war correspondents were there, but the most vivid images of these four South African photographers got.

Joao, y Greg Marinovich, publicaron el libro The Bang Bang Club (Cover image of this post). It is the story of these four friends, and baptized by their recklessness bordering on dementia.

According to the Archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu in the foreword of the book, these were four photographers who helped tell the story: "We marveled at his work How to capture these images made in the frenzy of killing? They must have extraordinary courage to work in the fields of death as imperturbably and with as much professionalism. And should be cold enough to face this horror as part of their work. Now that they have broken their silence know how surgery team, how often should be insensitive, point of trampling corpses without emotion, to capture that image that they demanded agencies. Now we know a little the cost of that constant contact with death they called, con humor macabro, El Bang Bang Club. South Africans owe very much for your contribution in this fragile transition from repression to democracy, injustice to freedom ".

In 2011, Steven Silver directed the film The Bang Bang Club. It stands out above all the personal conflicts that each of these photographers created their job. Worth it…

"The winner is ..., who will strike at the heart "

The War, The Famine, Inequality or Torture always expire because they lack a heart that can point, but damage our hopelessly accurately.


You can watch the movie here: