The Persistence of an Image

Carol Rosenberg at The New York Times looks back at an image made 20 years ago today, an image that has been read and misread a thousand ways since its release.

“I’m always of the opinion that people should be able to see most of what the government is doing,” (Shane T. McCoy) said. “The fact that I have a little slice of history, I don’t mind that. I don’t mind that I was the one inside the camp documenting it. If things got changed for the better, then that’s wonderful. I never witnessed any mistreatment.”

Every image we make is a decision – to preserve, first, and then to share.

(Thanks to Lauren Steel for the link.)

Mark E. Johnson

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