I'm taking a risk here, hoping that my complaint won't make me look like the bad guy. I've been sick for the last two days, so I've watched way too much coverage of the Haiti earthquake. Tonight I noticed that I've seen one photograph in almost every photo montage on almost every channel. Here's your winner:
The picture is by Jorge Cruz, and was published by the Associated Press on 1/12/10. My complaint is... well... the boobs. I just don't think this is excellent photojournalism in the middle of an awful tragedy. And my instincts are confirmed by the newsmedia's completely opposing judgment that this is the one image that must be shown. Anyway, thumbing through this gallery I can find at least two-dozen photos that I think better represent the horror of the scene, and do so in a less titillating way.
Now I feel bad about even posting this... maybe I'll take it down. I feel like I sunovabitch just sitting on my couch commenting on the coverage of the tragedy. The thing really is historic, isn't it? I hope the U.N. gets down there in huge numbers, and fast. Water. Food. Shelter. Let's go, team.