Last week Time Magazine published its top 100 photographs of the year. The second one is a powerful image by Emanuele Satolli, an Italian photojournalist, of the massacre at the Gaza fence last May 14. It is one of four images commemorating that day and the Gaza protests.
Satolli’s photo was first published on May 14, 2018 by Time and captioned, “As the U.S. opened a new embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, violence erupted just miles away at the Gaza border, where Israeli soldiers clashed with Palestinian protesters like this injured man, who was evacuated by horse cart.” It accompanied an article by Karl Vick, titled “Gaza Border Becomes Scene of Death as U.S. Opens Embassy in Jerusalem.” Vick wrote:
“cameras captured the chaos as Israeli soldiers methodically cut down some 2,700 Palestinians, 60 fatally, as they marched toward the fence that separates Israel from the Gaza Strip.”
In Time’s list of 100 photographs for the year, there were 3 other photos marking the occasion of the embassy opening/massacre at the Great Return March on May 14. The other three are toward the end of the list of 100.
Only one of the four photos is from the embassy. That one is, imho, an incredible photo of Jared Kushner– incredible in the sinister quality of his expression which represents a side to him I have never seen photographed before.
There is another photo by Emanuele Satolli, captioned “An injured man rests in a bed at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on May 14.” It’s a good photo but at first glance imho not that classic nor exceptional, which many/most of the other photos in the 100 are. Which, for me, raises the question, why is it included? Then I look at the composition, 40% of the photo is the gold curtain, the other side framed by the pensive brother (most likely, as he looks like the wounded man), the blanket covering the wounded man, the lion stripes (king of the jungle). So this photo represents the thousands maimed by Israel at the Gaza fence, and humanizes them.
The 4th photo representing the event was taken the day after in South Africa.
Andrew Katz, Deputy Director of Photography, at Time, tweeted a thread of 11 photos from the list. The #1 photo on Time’s list is “migrants near the El Chaparral crossing in Tijuana climb the fence“ (arguably the biggest story of the year in the American press), by Pedro Pardo.
Another notable photo was the very last in the entire 100 lineup. “Gene Tabachnick, a friend of the slain brothers David and Cecil Rosenthal, stands near their graves during a burial ceremony in Pittsburgh on Oct. 30.” This is an incredible photo by Salwan Georges.
There were several other phenomenal photos marking 2018 in the lineup, but the only one I thought even came near Satolli’s in terms of ‘photo of the century’ was Daniele Volpe’s “An abandoned home in the village of San Miguel Los Lotes, near the Guatemalan city of Escuintla, after a June volcanic eruption.”
One other thing. Time refers in its caption of the horse-drawn cart to a “clash” of Palestinians and Israelis. They should not call it a *clash* when Israel posts 100’s of snipers on a hillside far away to shoot protesters across a fence demanding freedom. Let’s be honest please.