Al Qassam/Agencies- Time magazine has published its Top 10 photos of 2012. As part of its end-of-year series including the ‘most surprising pictures of the year’ and the ‘Top 10 Photographic Magazine Covers’, this set includes the images that moved the team the most in 2012.
“They all deliver a strong emotional impact — whether they show a child mourning his father who was killed by a sniper in Syria; a heartbreaking scene in a Gaza City morgue or a haunting landscape of New Jersey coastline after Hurricane Sandy” says Kira Pollack, Time’s Director of Photography.
AP photographer Bernat Armangué, who took some of the most widely seen and poignant photographs of Gaza during the recent eight day conflict between Hamas and Israel, wrote in the Guardian about his experiences taking these pictures.
He said of the above photo, of a man kissing the hand of a dead relative in the morgue at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City:
This was the last picture I took that day. I spent most of the day taking photographs of Palestinian rescue workers recovering people under the rubble of homes – some of them alive, some of them dead.
That day 11 members of the al-Dallu family were killed when an Israeli missile struck the two-storey home of the family in a residential area of Gaza City. Some bodies were recovered and brought to the morgue, so I went there to take some pictures. While I was there, another family came to check if it was true that one of their relatives had been killed. They cried, held his body and one of them kissed his hand while saying “ma’a salam” goodbye.
I’ve always thought that war brings out the best and the worst in humans. To me, this was a sad and tender moment of love.” – Bernat Armangue (AP) . Gaza City. Nov. 18, 2012.