Amidst all the chaos that was the Vancouver Riots last night, one timeless image appeared.
Shot by freelancer Richard Lam, and licensed by Getty (with the version you are seeing courtesy of the Vancouver Sun), the photo was taken amidst police lines, flailing mannequin appendages, and the always predictable cars on fire. Lam has some great thoughts on the moment in the above link, which are summed up nicely in this quote.
I was trying not to get my ass kicked
There has been some controversy today that the subjects were staging the shot, and some people claim the girl was injured (which perhaps brings the level of romanticism so high the rest of us never have a chance), but either way no one can argue how absolutely powerful of an image this is. Wouldn’t be surprised to see it picking up some awards for photograph of the year.
For more from Lam and his thoughts on if they posed: The Atlantic Wire
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