By: Editorial Staff
South African free-lance photographer Kevin Carter is dead
two months after his heartbreaking photo of Sudan’s starvation
caught the world’s attention and won journalism’s highest honor sp.
FREE-LANCE PHOTOGRAPHER Kevin Carter, who won the Pulitzer Prize this year for his picture of a vulture trailing a starving Sudanese girl, was found dead July 26 near Johannesburg, South Africa, in an apparent suicide.
Police found Carter’s body in his pickup truck along with several letters he had written, the Associated Press reported. Carter, 33, died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Foul play was not suspected, but police said they would investigate.
Carter attended the Pulitzer ceremony in New York in May to collect the feature photography prize. His award-winning photo was first published by the New York Times and later distributed around the world by news and photo agencies.
The Times, in reporting Carter’s death, said reaction to the photo was so strong that it published an unusual editor’s note detailing the fate of the girl who was pictured. Carter said he chased away the bird and the youngster continued her trip to a feeding center.
Colleagues praised the photojournalist for his courage and dedication. For example, he paid his own way to Sudan, where he found what turned out to be the image of his career.
“I think the picture that won him the Pulitzer was a truly remarkable one which will add to his memory,” Anton Harber, editor of the Johannesburg Mail and Guardian, told the AP. Carter had worked as photo editor at the weekly paper.
David Sandison, photo editor at the Johannesburg Sunday Times, called Carter “one of the most emotional people I have ever known, and this came through in his pictures.”
“Kevin always carried around the horror of the work he did,” Carter’s father, Jimmy, told the South African Press Association two days after his son’s death.
Friends said Carter was distraught after his friend and fellow photographer Ken Oosterbroek was shot to death in April during clashes between rival factions in the Tokoza black township southeast of Johannesburg. But they said he had recently seemed upbeat.
?( Kevin Carter) [Photo]
?(Carter paid his own way to Sudan, where he took this picture of a vulture eyeing a girl who collapsed while on her way to a feeding center. The child completed her trip after the photographer chased the bird.) [Photo & Caption]