Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to FridayOne man stops a column of tanks, Tienanmen Square, China
What is photojournalism? Consider this examples
• Picture of a child burned by napalm running along a highway in South Vietnam – a picture that would turn public opinion on a war thousands of miles away.
• A picture of a lone man standing in front of a column of tanks in Beijing’s Tienanmen Square – symbolic of a mini-revolution to stop the actions of a government.
• Picture of an Afghan guerrilla proudly posing with his weapon, no fear in the eyes of a soldier who lost a leg taking on the Soviet army for his homeland – a portrait tat captures the bravado and pride of the man.
• Picture of a homeless person patrolling the streets, looking for a place to stay warm on a bitter cold day - an everyday battle some people would rather not see.
• Picture of Lance Armstrong winning the European bike race, and winning a bigger battle of his life: cancer – a picture that tells to the millions of infirmed and the sick of the meaning of hope and victory.
• Picture of the twin towers burning after two hijacked airplanes rammed and exploded into these superstructures – a picture that projects the horrors of terrorism heretofore unimagined.
Let’s look farther into history. Consider these photographs.
• The German dirigible Hindenburg, docking after its first ocean crossing busts into flame, killing 36 before cameras. It heralded the end of the dirigible as an air transport 1937
• A picture of a Japanese officer about to behead an Australian flier. It was passed hand to hand by GIs in the Pacific until it reached the press. 1945
• A classic picture showing the flag raising at Iwo-Jima to celebrate recapture of the island from the Japanese 1945
• Man’s first ascent of the world’s highest mountain. New Zealand’s Edmund Hillary and Sherpa climber Tenzing Norkay plant flags on top of Mt. Everest’s 29,028-gfoot summit (1953)
• Brutal climax to black-white confrontation, demonstrators led by Martin Luther King are set upon by guard dogs and battered by jets from fire hoses. 1963
• Historic act of revenge in picture - Jack Ruby shoots JF Kennedy’s assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. 1963
• A Japanese mother holds and tenderly bathes her daughter, 17, who was born blind and maimed as a result of mercury poisoning from a chemical plant polluting the waters of Minamata village. 1971
• “I am the greatest,” announced Cassius Clay (Mohammad Ali) after a knowdown in 1963.
• Mark Spitz seems more amphibian than human as he trained for his seven gold medal.
• At Yalta conference – three allied giants – Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin – are caught by the camera during discourse.
• Winston Churchill glares at the photographer who has grabbed away his cigar.
• Re-enactment of General Douglas MacArthur landing in Leyte, three months after the actual landing. Photo was copied into a shrine, in Palo, Leyte.
• Mahatma Gandhi at his ritual work – spinning.
• Kennedy at his inauguration impressed audience with his words, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”
• In one of the heart-clutching moments of president Kennedy’s funeral, his 3-year old son John salutes the coffin as it leaves the cathedral in Washington.
• Historic photo on man’s landing on the moon. “ One small step of man, a giant step for mankind.” – Armstrong
• No man came closer to sainthood in his lifetime than Dr. Albert Schweitzer, missionary of Africa. Mother Teresa of Calcutta came after him.
. Hurricane Katrina slams on New Orleans, submerges hundreds of houses for days, hundreds of thousands were either killed or missing.
. Tsunami, spawned by earthquake sends walls of water slamming on coastal resorts and villages, killing half a million people, the biggest number of death in peacetime.
Now, our own – momentous, significant, electrifying.
- EDSA Revolution, Part 1 and Part 2
- Smokey mountain (Tondo), now Payatas (Quezon City)
- “I’m sorry.” PGMA on Garci Tapes
- Maguindanao Massacre
- Typhoon Ondoy hits Metro Manila, the worst flood in decades.
- 2010 national election turns streets into Fair.