Wednesday, June 24, 2009
By Jessica Ravitz for CNN,
"A 14-year-old girl stoops and screams above the body of a Kent State
University student killed in 1970 by an Ohio National Guardsman.
A police chief aims his gun at a Vietcong prisoner's head in 1968,
just before executing him on a Saigon, Vietnam, street.
And in 1989, an unarmed man in Beijing, China, stands defiantly in
front of a column of tanks as they rolled into Tiananmen Square.
These are iconic images, the kinds of shots that changed the way
people viewed history as it unfolded. They put human faces on
conflicts and became rallying cries for movements, inspiring those who
But while these photographs -- chronicling a single, silent moment --
were taken by seasoned photographers, two of whom won Pulitzer Prizes,
this time amateur cell phone video is grabbing worldwide attention. It
captures the death of a young woman named Neda Agha-Soltan,
galvanizing protesters in Iran and shaping perceptions of a land and
people few Westerners know."