“The Bang Bang Club” is an upcoming movie – it will hit the American theatres on the next month – about the young combat photographers Kevin Carter, Greg Marinovich, Ken Oosterbroek, and Joao Silva, who risked their lives to document the violence of the post-Apartheid’s South Africa in the early 90s.
South African photojournalist Kevin Carter won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for a controversial picture taken during that period. The photo showed a starving Sudanese toddler and a vulture few meters behind her seemingly waiting for the child to die.
The photograph was published by The New York Times on March 26, 1993, and received vast criticisms from readers who wanted to know whether the photographer helped the little girl to survive or not.
On July 27, 1994 – only few months after he won the Pulitzer – Parker killled himself. Excerpts from his suicide note read:
“I’m really, really sorry. The pain of life overrides the joy to the point that joy does not exist…depressed … without phone … money for rent … money for child support … money for debts … money! … I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings & corpses & anger & pain … of starving or wounded children, of trigger-happy madmen, often police, of killer executioners… I have gone to join Ken if I am that lucky.”