dimanche 30 décembre 2018

Photo of Gaza massacre echoing Guernica is 1 of 4 commemorating horrific day in ‘Time”s year-end list

La photo du massacre de Gaza faisant écho à Guernica est l’une des quatre commémorations d’un jour horrible sur la liste de fin d’année de «Time»

Wounded man carried by horse-cart during demonstration at Gaza fence against
 embassy opening, May 14, 2018, by Emanuele Satolli for Time. One of the top 
100 images of the year per the magazine's editors.


Last week Time Magazine published its top 100 photographs of the year. The second one is a powerful image by Emanuele Satolli, an Italian photojournalist, of the massacre at the Gaza fence last May 14. It is one of four images commemorating that day and the Gaza protests.

Satolli’s photo was first published on May 14, 2018 by Time and captioned, “As the U.S. opened a new embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, violence erupted just miles away at the Gaza border, where Israeli soldiers clashed with Palestinian protesters like this injured man, who was evacuated by horse cart.” It accompanied an article by Karl Vick, titled “Gaza Border Becomes Scene of Death as U.S. Opens Embassy in Jerusalem.” Vick wrote:


“cameras captured the chaos as Israeli soldiers methodically cut down some 2,700 Palestinians, 60 fatally, as they marched toward the fence that separates Israel from the Gaza Strip.”

In Time’s list of 100 photographs for the year, there were 3 other photos marking the occasion of the embassy opening/massacre at the Great Return March on May 14. The other three are toward the end of the list of 100.

Only one of the four photos is from the embassy. That one is, imho, an incredible photo of Jared Kushner– incredible in the sinister quality of his expression which represents a side to him I have never seen photographed before.


White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner speaks during the dedication ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on May 14. Ronen Zvulun—Reuters” From Time’s list of the 100 top pictures of the year.

There is another photo by Emanuele Satolli, captioned “An injured man rests in a bed at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on May 14.” It’s a good photo but at first glance imho not that classic nor exceptional, which many/most of the other photos in the 100 are. Which, for me, raises the question, why is it included? Then I look at the composition, 40% of the photo is the gold curtain, the other side framed by the pensive brother (most likely, as he looks like the wounded man), the blanket covering the wounded man, the lion stripes (king of the jungle). So this photo represents the thousands maimed by Israel at the Gaza fence, and humanizes them.


Emanuele Satolli, captioned “An injured man rests in a bed at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on May 14. Emanuele Satolli for TIME

The 4th photo representing the event was taken the day after in South Africa.


“A demonstration by members of pro-Palestinian and other civil society groups outside the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg on May 15, one day after dozens of Palestinians were killed along the Israel-Gaza border on the same day the U.S. formally moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Gulshan Khan—AFP/Getty Images” From Time’s list of the best 100 fotos of the year.

Andrew Katz, Deputy Director of Photography, at Time, tweeted a thread of 11 photos from the list. The #1 photo on Time’s list is “migrants near the El Chaparral crossing in Tijuana climb the fence“ (arguably the biggest story of the year), by Pedro Pardo.


Pedro Pardo’s shot of migrants climbing the border fence in Tijuana Mexico, from Time’s list of the top photographs of the year.

Another notable photo was the very last in the entire 100 lineup. “Gene Tabachnick, a friend of the slain brothers David and Cecil Rosenthal, stands near their graves during a burial ceremony in Pittsburgh on Oct. 30.” This is an incredible photo by Salwan Georges.


“Gene Tabachnick, a friend of the slain brothers David and Cecil Rosenthal, stands near their graves during a burial ceremony in Pittsburgh on Oct. 30.” Photo by Salwan Georges for the Washington Post, and included in Time’s 100 best fotos of the year.

There were several other phenomenal photos marking 2018 in the lineup, but the only one I thought even came near Satolli’s in terms of ‘photo of the century’ was Daniele Volpe’s “An abandoned home in the village of San Miguel Los Lotes, near the Guatemalan city of Escuintla, after a June volcanic eruption.”


An abandoned home in the village of San Miguel Los Lotes, near the Guatemalan city of Escuintla, after a June volcanic eruption. Photo by Daniele Volpe, from Time’s top 100 fotos of the year.

One other thing. Time refers in its caption of the horse-drawn cart to a “clash” of Palestinians and Israelis. They should not call it a *clash* when Israel posts 100’s of snipers on a hillside far away to shoot protesters across a fence demanding freedom. Let’s be honest please.


Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

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