In western imagery the wahhabist terrorism is usually linked to the images of AlQaeda from the beginning of the century. Though, this isn’t accurate anymore, we keep on identifying certain outfits with certain kind of terrorism. This image is also powerful because it brings up and clear that this is not necessarily true. We saw how french citizenship commited atrocities and the muslim community was blamed by far-right populism. In this case, a former turkish police agent -whose political links should be investigated- commited one of the most relevant political crimes in recent years.
I don’t agree the event doesn’t have big repercussions. We somehow all expected a rage and provocative answer from Russia, but it didn’t happen. What happened was a continuation of the approach between Turkey and Russia, while the first keeps on distancing itself from United States orbit. I don’t want to encourage the conspiracy theories of the event, I just say that the event brought for sure major debates and tensions on both States.
Almost everybody agreed on the relevance of this photography and why it was correct to win the news contest. The debate was placed on if it diserved to be shared worldwide because so-called publicity. Anyway, everytime that atrocities are portraited, we could argue that it’s a publicity for those that commited them.
It’s also a picture of an age, cause it brought to every home, incredibly fast, high quality pictures of a live murder, making it look quite like a theater play. Personally, it shocked me deeply watching the video of the right moment, the photos of the shooter behind of russian ambassador, and of course, also the selected pic. It shocked me not just because of the tragic event, but because of how real and unreal all looked at the same time. It was so real that it “couldn’t be true”.