Poignant photo

January 27, 2009

As a regular newspaper reader I have viewed thousands of photos, digital records of the world’s curiosities, joyful moments, trials and tragedies. Most leave no lasting impression.

However, this weekend a photograph that appeared in The Vancouver Sun touched me in a way that lingers even now. I am referring to the photograph capturing the incalculable grief of a father on the heels of the knife attack at a daycare in Belgium. Rarely have I seen a photo that so deeply and poignantly captures the horror, bewilderment, confusion and grief on the heels of a human tragedy.

I looked at the image for a long time. Later, my husband came to me and showed me the image. He too had had the same reaction. I would like to send my compliments to Yves Herman and also to suggest to you that this image is worthy of submission for a Pulitzer prize.

Ann C.

Thank you for your kind words. Here are two Yves Herman photos of the tragedy that were used in the Sun: GBU Editor

Parents react as they leave a building where families received assistance near the scene of a knife attack at a creche in Dendermonde January 23, 2009. REUTERS/Yves Herman

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