In Turkey, a photojournalist just captured history. We may not understand it for years.
Earlier today, Burhan Ozbilici, an Associated Press photographer, captured the immediate aftermath of the assassination of Andrei Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, at an art exhibition in Ankara. The highly graphic images are shocking, and they’re also part of a long tradition of photography that brings the horror of violence and terrorism to those of us far from the lines of battle. But just because Ozbilici’s photos of the attack are powerful doesn’t mean that we’ll be able to protect their impact. Photos like this one sometimes have their greatest effect years after they are taken, clarifying our historical memory of important events rather than leading us towards a future course of action.