Friday, June 16, 2006

100 photographs that changed the world

Ms Baker recently posted on 100 photos that changed the world, from LIFE magazine

Tiananmen Square 1989
A hunger strike by 3,000 students in Beijing had grown to a protest of more than a million as the injustices of a nation cried for reform. For seven weeks the people and the People’s Republic, in the person of soldiers dispatched by a riven Communist Party, warily eyed each other as the world waited. When this young man simply would not move, standing with his meager bags before a line of tanks, a hero was born. A second hero emerged as the tank driver refused to crush the man, and instead drove his killing machine around him. Soon this dream would end, and blood would fill Tiananmen. But this picture had shown a billion Chinese that there is hope.

3 comments:

Anil said...

Recently, I remember reading somewhere that this man has been traced.

Mozza said...

I concur that both the man standing and the drivers are heroes. So many people say "I was following the rules".

woman wandering said...

I hope not anil, or at least if he has, that he is safe.

Hey mozza, it seems like a long time since I last saw you. I completely agree about the fact both men were heroes ...