Vivid Photos Remain Etched in Memory
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told senators last week that it wasn't until he saw photographs of Iraqi prisoner abuse that he realized how serious the offenses were.
Disturbing photos of abuses at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad are the latest images that have defined the perception of a news story. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.
Photos of police dogs loosed on black civil rights protesters in Birmingham, Ala.; a naked Vietnamese girl cries in horror after a napalm attack; and the famous flag-raising on Iwo Jima during World War II are seared in the collective memory.
Hal Buell, former photography director for the Associated Press and author of Moments: Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographs, says: "Words are the tools of someone who sees something and then describes it. Pictures... describe something that actually happened."
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