Award-winning photographer kills himself, haunted by the horrors he witnessed during his short and brilliant career

Kevin Carter, born September 13 1960; died July 27 1994


Carter was only 33, a gaunt, tense, passionate man. Like so many committed photojournalists, for him the picture is the only important thing.  Despite being frequently arrested for infringements of the draconian South African prohibitions on reporting, he was always drawn irresistibly to the heart of the conflict.

His tumultuous emotional life brought passion to his work but drove him to extremes of elation and depression. The horrors he had witnessed over the years had finally caught up with him, he killed himself on the outskirts of Johannesburg. In his line of work, it was often hard to look, let alone photograph.


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