Starving Child and Vulture

The photo that caught my attention is Starving Child and Vulture by Kevin Carter, 1993. It’s the most well known picture and of course, I’ve seen this picture before. I remember that the photographer was heavily criticized for not helping the kid in the photo, which led him to suffer from depression and commit suicide. After learning the terms of composition rules, I’ve noticed that it follows the rule of thirds. The child is placed where the lines meet and another subject is placed on the left-top lines of the frame. I imagined, what if the photo was taken with the child in the center of the frame. It wouldn’t be as powerful. I can feel the tension, hardship, and strong emotions in this photo.


Sophia Kim



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