Thursday, June 4, 2009

Tank Man: 20 years later

Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of the student uprising in China - an event that featured probably one of the top 10 most iconic photos ever taken in the history of the still picture. There exists 4 different pics of that event, but recently, a 5th has shown up. And I think it may trump the others in the story behind the story.

The picture shows "Tank Man" (no one has really confirmed his name or even his fate) a few moments before he marched up to the tank column and stood his ground. It was snapped by Terril Jones, and he didn't even know the pic he had until weeks later. And just now, it is being published:

The sheer chaos of just what was happening is in the pic. A couple people running, one ducking for cover from the possible sound and/or fire of weapons. Another on a bike racing away from the oncoming tanks. And there, to the left, is Tank Man, marching defiantly towards the metal beasts, determined to make a difference.

You can read more about Terril's pic here. And bless you Tank Man, wherever you are.