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Photography and Human Rights Deserve a Seat at the Breakfast Table
Newspapers have, for some time, used the 'breakfast table' rule as a litmus test for their photographic content. If a picture would offend or disgust readers as they sat down to read the paper over breakfast, then papers opt not to publish it. When that rule is broken, it's generally for good reason, to bring readers a new awareness of an issue worlds away, to show them something they wouldn't see from their front porch.
Kevin Carter captured this image in 1993 when he photographed a starving Sudanese child inching towards relief, curled tightly into a ball as a vulture perches in the background, ready for a meal. This image won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography and became an iconic image against war and famine in Sudan. The photograph is beautiful, well composed with the tension and drama of the child's fate in clear focus. But the image defies viewers.