“While I was out in the field, I got wind that much of the TV coverage was portraying a kind of sanitised war, one in which big technology was being used but that no human life, and particularly not American life, was at risk.
It became clear to me that it was going to be very difficult for me to document the reality of the war.”
You can read the rest of David Turnley’s story on the photograph that was celebrated at the World Press Photo foundations 50th anniversary of its annual photographic competition this year. Titled Soldier’s torment, it is the story behind the image that defined the 1991 Iraq war.
On the right nav of the web site, there are three other important images. There’s the story behind the picture of Omayra Sanchez’s final hours, the story behind the horrific 1975 image of a fire-escape fall and the story behind the image of a one-year-old refugee being prepared for burial.