Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Googling Tyler Hicks
After an Israeli airstrike destroyed a building in Tyre, Lebanon, yesterday, one man helped another who had fallen and was hurt.If he had fallen, his hat would not be tucked under his arm. And why is he bracing with his legs while he holds his arm limp and pretends that he is unconscious, or dead?
I thought I'd see what I could find on Mr Hicks. Google's first listing for "Tyler Hicks" and "photo" is a piece from The BU Daily Free Press containing this revealing little snippet:
Although he said he strives for impartiality, Hicks’ photos admittedly did not favor the war.Tyler Hicks thinks his job is to spoon-feed those opinions that he has formed.
“It’s just human nature,” Hicks said. “You are always going to form opinions.”
Although some may find his war photography disturbing, Hicks said the “gore doesn’t make a photo newsworthy,” but showing harsh images is important because “reality has to be spoon-fed to the people.”
Hicks talks about the difficulties of being accepted by the subjects of his photographs (who are often jihadists):
Capturing a private moment is not easy, especially when the subjects are not used to photographers, Hicks said.Gee, I wonder why?
“I do think about that and put myself in their position as much as I can,” he said.
He stressed the importance of cultivating relationships with people because that makes his job easier. And while working in a war zone, Hicks said he continues to pursue his work aggressively, but tries to stay away from foolishly dangerous situations.
“You get ambitious. You might want to prove yourself, but sometimes you have to step back,” he said, adding that he was “slapped around and kicked for taking pictures.”
However, he said he has enjoyed better luck than some other photographers.
UPDATE: Michelle Malkin notes that the caption listed in the NYT's multi-media display is even more misleading:
The mayor of Tyre said that in the worst hit areas, bodies were still buried under the rubble, and he appealed to the Israelis to allow government authorities time to pull them out. (Photo Tyler Hicks The New York Times)
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