Monday, March 31, 2008

For Dith Pran

This post was originally to be part of my "Looking for Summer Theme." The temperature was actually below freezing yesterday morning when I photographed this sculpture at the Katonah Museum of Art so his appreciation of the sun seemed very appropriate.

But a few moments ago, when I heard about the death of Dith Pran, photographer and Khmer Rouge survivor, activist, and historian, I knew this photo had a better meaning.

The story about Pran's life, "The Killing Fields," was one of the most touching movies I've ever seen. Once rescued, Pran became a reporter for The New York Times, and I always searched out his work, so much did he seem like a personal acquaintance thanks to the movie.

Today, this photograph is a tribute to Dith Pran: his courage, his fight for justice, and his inspiration for a kinder world.

8 comments:

Olivier said...

surprenante et très originale cette statue, j'aime beaucoup

I find it very surprising and original this statue. I love

Inkster1 said...

After visiting your blog, I can see why this photos would appeal to you. There are 11 other statues, when the sun comes out I will try and shoot the others. I'm sorry you haven't been feeling well, and I wish you a strong recovery.

smilnsigh said...

Hello to you, and thank you for commenting in one of my blogs. {Photos-City-Mine}

You are Katonah NY, which is a long way south of me. Because of this, I would have assumed that you would be warmer and much farther along, to Spring. Sorry you are not. But I doubt you have any snow around still, like we do. -sigh- Even with an all day rain, there are still some snow piles.

Since you do a daily photo of your area ~ have you thought of joining the City Daily Photo Blog? It's a great way to have more people find your blog. And thus, to have more people viewing and commenting in it. Just a thought...

Again, thank you so much for commenting.

Mari-Nanci

smilnsigh said...

I just left a comment on your entry of Sunday, March 16, 2008 'Au Revoir.'

Not sure if you get notification of your comments, in a Mail Box, or not. If not, you may not know I'd just made a comment, on an older entry. :-) So I leave this, here, too.

Mari-Nanci

Kris McCracken said...

Well said. Dith Pran's story and courage should be an inspiration to everyone. He's a great example of reconciling with the past and getting on with life.

You've chosen a great shot for it.

Lezard said...

Thanks for sharing this immense loss with the CDP community. I watched the NY Times movie you linked to. A terrible history period the humankind should be ashamed of.

J.C. said...

I didn't know that Dith Pran has passed away. Thanks for sharing this news with us. I was terribly moved when watching The Killing Field. When I visited Cambodia, I bought many books written on the atrocity of the Khmer Rouge. It truly amazed me that fellow humans could commit such cruelty towards their own kind! What has happened to their conscience when they kill those people?


J.C. of Subang Jaya Daily Photo

Inkster1 said...

Every time I think of Dith Pran and his story I am sad. And, yet, the killing goes on someplace in this world every day. Thank you for dropping by my blog!