Red-Hot Street Rage
People lunge at photographers to intimidate or thwart them, but a running protestor’s hand closing in on his lens became AFP photographer Hussein Faleh’s best image on Nov. 25 as he covered dangerous street protests in Basra, Iraq. Faleh fills 100% of the frame with layers of action. The eye rotates from burning tires and smoke to the crowd in the street to the protestor’s hand and covered face. Using a wide-angle lens to capture the action close up, Faleh conveys the drama and urgency of a country demanding change. More than 420 people have been killed and 15,000 wounded over the past two months in Iraq as anti-government crowds have lashed out against corruption and a stagnant economy. Four days after Faleh’s photograph, Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi announced he would resign.
Patrick Farrell, the curator of The Sunday Still, is the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winner for Breaking News Photography for The Miami Herald, where he worked from 1987 to 2019. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Media Management at the University of Miami School of Communication.
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