Take a few minutes and look at Buzzfeed‘s post on “40 of the most powerful photographs ever taken“. Here are eight of my favorites, but don’t miss any of them. (I’ve omitted the ones you’ve probably seen before, like JFK Jr. saluting as his father’s coffin passes by.) As always, click to enlarge.
Jewish prisoners at the moment of their liberation from an internment camp “death train” near the Elbe in 1945. (More pictures and the full story here.)
I’ve concentrated on photos of people reacting to death, or to the renewal of life, to remind us of both the transience of our existence and the attendant pain when we lose a loved one. Remember, when a plane goes down, as one did yesterday, or a drone causes “collateral damage” (i.e., the killing of innocent people), as one did today, every one of those people ramifies a web of inconsolable loss through friends and family.