The Power of Photography

I was reading Thomas Hawk’s blog today, which is part of my daily RSS feed reading, and read his post about the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography. After viewing the link to the photo feature, I felt compelled to share it as well. I dont’ know if I can say it better than Mr. Hawk did:

It’s a troubling, moving and emotional series of photographs that show in the most poignent way how powerful photography can be.

I don’t know if I was especially moved because I have a disabled son that is at times in a wheelchair, or perhaps because my father died in a similar fashion; but, for whatever reason this really struck me emotionally. It brought me to tears.

I have at times been asked why I take photos at times when many others may consider it rude or not fitting to the situation. This is a perfect example of why I do this. Recording historic, emotional, or otherwise memorable events in photography is one of the greatest forms of artistic expression I know.

If you do nothing else today worthwhile on the ‘net, take a moment to view this series of photos, and then share it with a friend. Whether it is because of your appreciation for the art or your desire to help others realize the fragility or sacredness of life, it is worth sharing.

Link to view the photo series