BRUTALITY IN BANGKOK
Political ideologies in this century are something that gives us a lot to talk; everybody has a different perspective of what should be done, how countries should be governed and how decisions should be made. But at what point this differences makes us debate instead of fight? Here in America there’s a division of ideas by two parties since the creation of constitution, but their differences have never led to violent acts. Brutality in Bangkok is a photograph taken in Thailand in 1976 during their third government in two years of the country, by the photograph reporter Neal Ulevich. This picture won the Pulitzers price in 1977. The photograph shows us an aftermath scene of a confrontation between student from the Left and the Right wing, where a student of the right wing is lynching a hanging dead body of a student of the left wing with a chair for differing in political ideas, the image also show us a crowd watching the scene with most of the subjects having a positive reaction toward what is happening.
The picture is mainly violent and is focused on the dead body and the student beating it; the scene represents the violence that is placed upon those who differ in ideas. The crowd in the background gives a feeling of violent and excited rage while the dead or dying student looks like he has either accepted his fate or preparing for the blow. The student about to hit him in the head appears to be a group leader because of his strong presence and movement to take such drastic action. The way that photographer captures the student in the midst of his run towards the student in the tree identifies the torturer as inhumane and deadly. The gray and darkness of the color shows us the cruelty happening in the picture, at this point in history, color cameras existed but the reporter decided to publish the picture in black and white to emphasize the lack of life in it that the body shows and because it also makes the image seem more real, more...
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