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August 31, 2007
The 1994 Pulitzer Prize photo by Paul Watson (see previous entry) was published widely by the Associated Press, and Time magazine ran a version of the photo that was digitally altered (to reduce the shock). That image is credited for shocking the US public into such a state of outrage that the Clinton administration began almost immediate withdrawl from Somalia. However, the photographer believes that the political sting created by that photograph became responsible, however indirectly, with Clinton's refusal to intervene in Rwanda, despite very different political and humanitarian situations. The powerful photograph affected positive change, but also prevented much needed action in another situation — for fear of a similar kind of photograph surfacing from Rwanda. You can hear how heavy the guilt weighs on the photographer as he talks in the interview.