Introduction to live multi-drama (creative composition photograph)
The reason I have chosen this photograph is because this photograph is symbol of Kurdish people for nearly 3 decades. This photograph has been taken in Sunday March 18, 1988 two days after the attack by chemical weapon,
However the picture has been taken after the chemical attack on the city of Halabja by the Saddam's regime that killed more than 5000 people and wounded 10000 more. On this picture we can see a man holding a newborn baby to protect him from the chemical weapons.
However here I would like to talk about the person inside the picture, as he is a symbol of Kurdish people in all around the world he is being knowing as Kurdistan hero and will never be forgotten. The real name of this person in the photo is called (Omar Hama Salih Ahmed) also known as (Omar Khawer) with his 1 years old son (Muhammad).
This photograph indicates that it is a very old and unique image as the photograph is black and white and has rusty texture. This photograph shows that they were running for shelter for survival.
I can see that the photographer had a keen interest of this shot that would be a memory of Kurdish history, this is why this picture is famous in Kurdistan and in all around the world. For instance the Missouri University in United Stated had written a book about this photo, also journalist students a studying about this photo.
Moreover this picture is viewed by millions of people due to the shot taken being historical.
The photograph man attention is the man and the baby along with brick wall at the back, this is because the photograph wants to bring attention to the man and baby being the highlight of the Halabja, in addition this photograph summarise of the whole attack.
The photographer who his took this shot is called (Ramazan Ozturk) a Kurdish from Turkey, who is a photographer and journalist who worked for (Sabah) Turkish newspaper at the time. See below the man him self who took the photograph with the camera, which the Halabja incident was taken, by this very camera and no other photos were taken after that by this camera.
The detail of the camera used for this photograph was a (Nikon FA with a Vivitar lens).
This picture was released in a Turkish newspaper (sabah) for the 1st time after one week of the taken. A week after of the release of the picture on a Turkish newspaper this picture is being shown in a photo Festival in Paris, one day after Festival the picture was released in Times newspaper. After this picture was released in Times newspaper it went globally and was released all around the world newspapers.
In the end of the year of 1988 the Times newspaper was awarded this picture as a best picture of the year, after this picture was awarded by Times newspaper, the American journalist union awarded this picture as a best photo of the year as well.
Also again this picture was awarded as a life award for 10 years, then again for the 2nd time from the Times newspaper this picture awarded again as a life award for 150 years.
Again this picture was awarded from Stein newspaper for 5 years, and then it was awarded by world place photo for one year then 10 years then 40 years in row.
“This page is dedicated to the people of Halabja who on March 16th, 1988 suffered the worst chemical attacks committed by the Iraqi regime. On that day, 5000 innocent civilians, 75% woman and children, immediately perished. This was not the only chemical attack ordered by Saddam, it was just the worst"
A Glenna’s at the position of the town of Halabja, Prepared by Alex Atroushi. March 11, 1994.
Available on the blow link.
(Accessed on: Tuesday 14th February 2012)
The man holding the babe from the protection of the chemical weapons Halabja.
(Accessed on: Tuesday 14th February 2012)
(Photographer Ramazan Ozturk) This photo was taken on April 20, 2011 using a Sony DSC-HX1.
(Accessed on Tuesday 14th February, 2012)
“Thousands of people are reported to have been killed and many others injured in a poison gas attack on a Kurdish city in northern Iraq"
(Accessed on: Wednesday 15th February 2012).
Some of the information for this project was gained from the video link below, were their were talking in Kurdish language, however I translated this to English language. http://www.kurddrama.com/Ramazan+Ozturk-732.htm