Every time I look back to this photo, I feel uncomfortable — it haunts me. It’s as if they are saying to me, we are not a number — not only cheap labor and cheap lives. We are human beings like you. Our life is precious like yours, and our dreams are precious too.
They are witnesses in this cruel history of workers being killed. The death toll is now more than 750. What a harsh situation we are in, where human beings are treated only as numbers.
This photo is haunting me all the time. If the people responsible don’t receive the highest level of punishment, we will see this type of tragedy again. There will be no relief from these horrific feelings. I’ve felt a tremendous pressure and pain over the past two weeks surrounded by dead bodies. As a witness to this cruelty, I feel the urge to share this pain with everyone. That’s why I want this photo to be seen."
Click that link. This is a picture that needs to be seen just as badly as the endless failures of global capitalism, which encourages and necessitates the conditions that made this happen, need to be seriously addressed.
note that TIME is only sharing the photo online and in the international print edition. TIME has frequently done the same kind of thing in the past with their cover stories, giving the US readers a far softer version of the news than is presented elsewhere.
so I find it interesting that the quote they choose to share from the photographer is about how the photo needs to be seen, and yet by their design, the people who need to see it most, who are most insulated from the reality that the photo represents — Americans — are the ones least likely to see it.