Sunday, May 12, 2019

The Sunday Still: A new leg, a boy’s joyful dance

Photojournalist Patrick Farrell has joined the blog with his weekly feature, The Sunday Still. Farrell selects one image each week that showcases the best photojournalism by photojournalists from around the world. The feature runs weekly in The Sunday Long Read. The goal of the newsletter, edited by Don Van Natta Jr. and Jacob Feldman, is to put the week’s best journalism in your hands every Sunday morning.

The Sunday Still
from Patrick Farrell

A new leg, a boy’s joyful dance 

AFP photographer Wakil Kohsar captures the joy of 5-year-old Ahmad Sayed Rahman as he dances on his new prosthetic leg at the International Committee of the Red Cross in Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 7. Kohsar’s low angle fills the frame with the boy, his infectious grin and the new limb, demonstrating triumph and the toll of war at once.  A child of farmworkers, Ahmad lives in a province where the Taliban and the Afghan army frequently fight. He lost his right leg as a baby when he and his sister were caught in the crossfire of a battle.

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.