Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Photo of the Day

                                 The fractured nature of reality in Kyrgyzstan

James Hill, a photographer based in Moscow who shoots regularly for the New York Times, was covering the latest violence in Kyrgyzstan when he got this picture at a depot on the outskirts of the Kyrgyz city of Osh. He shot from inside an abandoned bus, capturing the fractured nature of reality after day of ethnic violence between the Kyrgyz troops and Uzbeks. The Times reports that about 80,000 ethnic Uzbeks, mostly women and children, have fled Kyrgyzstan since the violence began.

Hill is a wonderful photographer who I got to know after he covered the American invasion of Iraq in 2003. His picture here shows how creative news photographers can be as they attempt to tell an entire story in a single image. News video can't do that. Curiously, I couldn't find this picture in the print or the web version of the newspaper. I got it from the "New in Pictures" section of the Times Reader version.

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