Thursday, September 13, 2007

Repost: Use Your Freedom To Write Wrongs

Amnesty International
About a year ago I posted this picture that was used as part of a human rights campaign by Amnesty International. Recently someone posted a comment asking about it, and I realized that without context part of the impact might be lost.
A.I. altered the original photo, (shown below) which at the time was one of the most widely known images of the Vietnam War.

From the BBC:
It shows the South Vietnamese General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Viet Cong officer with a single shot to the head.

Photographs do not tell the whole truth, however. The prisoner had just killed at least eight people, which is what led Gen Loan to carry out the execution.

The image was to change the public perception of the war and haunted Gen Loan until his death.

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