Children On Tanks

by Daniel Russ on November 3, 2015


Libyan children play on a tank as weapons and other items belonging to the former regime are displayed in Misrata on October 23, 2011. Libya's new leaders will declare liberation in the wake of Moamer Kadhafi's death, paving the way for the formation of an interim government followed by the first free vote in 42 years. AFP PHOTO/PHILIPPE DESMAZES





Muslim children clamber over an abandoned anti-aircraft gun near Beirut, Lebanon, 1982 National Geographic, February 1983 Beirut: Up From the Rubble Make-believe conquers the tools of war as Muslim children clamber over an abandoned antiaircraft gun. Discarded shells around the gun may still be live, like the explosive grievances and vengeance harbored by many of Beirut's factions. "The irony of children playing on an abandoned tank, as if it were a 'jungle gym' in a schoolyard, recalls the unfortunate irony of a man sleeping on the street in front of a couch in a Mexico City furniture store display window ten years earlier. This rhetoric of contrast is a signature of McCurry's work - declarative, bold, unflinchingly clear. In this photograph, the scene is heightened by the explosive potential of the shells at the children's feet." - Phaidon 55 Phaidon, 55, Iconic Images, final book_iconic, final print_milan





Children on Tank




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