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April 19, 2015

From Johannesburg: A Photo That Makes Us Stop

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This photo comes from an AFP story on the rise of attacks on immigrants in Johannesburg.  Typically, news pictures prompt us to fill in the scene and visualize the continuous action in our own mind. In dramatic contrast, this image, by photographer Marco Longari, is a terribly jarring and disturbing reminder how photography stops time.

(photo: Marco Longari/AFP. caption: A local taxi driver pelts a foreigner with stones during a street brawl in Johannesburg on April 15, 2015.)

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