Dismal World’s Unforgettable Photos

Not a cheerful, too-many-kittens and fluffy thingies blog by any means, Dismal World has a post up called Unforgettable Photos (found via) that is a small assembly of extremely arresting, historic, disturbing but sobering images that I lingered over thinking about why it’s important to see photos such as these. They’re not shock-value bullshit like goatse, but images that remind me of the relevancy and urgency of the photographic medium and why when I see ultra-boring collections that purport to be global but contain nothing controversial — like the “24 Hours of Flickr” book — I feel cheated and a little outraged. “Unforgettable photos” happen every day.
Pictured: 1957: The first school day of Dorothy Counts at the Harry Harding High School in North Carolina. Counts was one of the first black students admitted to the school, and she was no longer able to stand the harassment after 4 days.

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