‘The Image of the Revolution’

‘The Image of the Revolution’

In a recent article, Vanessa Friedman writes:

Every once in a while an image appears that so viscerally frames the human story in a time of social or political paroxysm that it becomes a symbol. Such was the case this week with a smartphone photo taken during a demonstration in Sudan against the repressive regime of President Omar al-Bashir, as the protests that have been going on intermittently since December reached a new intensity.

What is it about this picture that makes it so powerful? Why do you think it’s being called “the image of the revolution”?

What other photographs can you recall from recent history that have had this same kind of symbolic power? What makes them stand out to you?

Tell us in the comments, then read the related article to find out more about the force behind this photo.

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