Traces of the Past: The Burning Monk

September 13, 2012 § 2 Comments

It is one of the most important photographs in the history of photojournalism, from my point of view, and one of my favorites of all time – for what it reflects and represents -, in spite of the dramatic scene that portraits. As you may know, the photo shows the generous self-immolation of Buddhist monk, Quang Duc, with an amazing capability for supporting pain and an astonishing calm during the process, at the protests that took place in Saigon, in 1963.

The author, Malcolm Browne, died last week at the age of 81, and recently answered to some questions about this moment, to editor Patrick Witty. I recommend that you read his words, and you check the other images of this story, at TIME Lightbox.

Photo © Malcolm Browne – AP

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Se trata de una de las fotografías más importantes de la historia del Fotoperiodismo, desde mi limitado punto de vista, y una de mis favoritas de todos los tiempos – por lo que refleja y representa -, a pesar del dramatismo de la escena que retrata. Como quizá sepáis, la imagen muestra la generosa auto-inmolación del monje budista, Quang Duc, así como su asombrosa capacidad para soportar el dolor y mantener la calma, durante las protestas que tuvieron lugar en Saigon, en 1963.

El autor, Malcolm Browne, murió la semana pasada a la edad de 81, y recientemente respondió a las preguntas del editor Patrick Witty, sobre este momento de la historia. Te recomiendo la lectura de sus palabras, así como el visionado del resto de las fotos que componen esta historia. Puedes hacerlo en TIME Lightbox.

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§ 2 Responses to Traces of the Past: The Burning Monk

  • doefencing says:

    people call it bravery but it is just a waste of life, if you want to fight injustice rally, petition, speak to the people but comitting suicide is a sad and sometimes selfish thing to do

    • Nano Calvo says:

      Hi there,

      the truth is that this kind of acts can be seen from many perspectives. Not easy, at least for me, to evaluate or label it, in any direction.

      Of course, I agree there are many other ways of fighting injustice, fortunately. Such as those you mention.

      Why selfish?

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