Tracing the life of an Image on and off line

Today’s front page of the NY Times has such a disturbing photograph – I couldn’t look when I picked it up off the table this morning so had trouble reading the articles. [I link to it small on the left because I don’t want to recreate my reaction for anyone who might read this post or myself in the future.] So I go online to today’s front page on NYT online to read the story and see that just the photo is on the front page so there is no link from this page online. So i go the international links section and have to work to find it – it is 16 links down. This means that if you like to read today’s paper on line – you might miss the story attached to the sensational photograph on the front page. here is the story. The front page photo of the paper edition so often becomes the iconic one but now with the web it is different. In my search today, I found no way to send this photo around, so how could it become viral. It wasn’t even the first photo on the pictures of the day but it was the one chosen to be the front page on the paper. So many questions.

At least when I get to the story, I am linked to the Lede’s blog post: Video and Blogging from Lahore under attack which gives me perspectives from many sources.

I just checked out and as of 10:35 am it is the first story under World in the links section toward the bottom of the page. On the nytimes global edition’s front page the story is the first link under Asia in the more news section above the video.

On the web, the photo by Arif Ali, Agence France-Presse-Getty images of the bloody wounded man being carried by a Pakistani commando is no where to be found. At Getty images, I find similar ones but nothing so bloody.  I finally found it on the nytimes lens blog on the pictures of the day slide show for yesterday, May 28. It is the second photograph (the first three are from the Lehore bombing, all by Arif Ali.)

I’ll follow this image more later in the day and will choose more to follow in the future.