Over at Neon Tommy, editor-in-chief Callie Schweitzer has a wonderful profile of Pulitzer Prize Winning photographer John Filo, who is best known for his photographs of the May 4 massacre at Kent State in 1970. It’s a long and comprehensive profile, but perhaps most interesting is the story behind the photo that won Filo the Pulitzer–a shot of 14-year-old Mary Ann Vecchio screaming over the dead and bleeding body of student Jeffrey Miller.
“Blood was just pumping out of his body, on the hot asphalt. It just stops you and I said, ‘I’ve got to get out of here, I’ve got to leave.’ And I ran.”
But something stopped him when he got to the bottom of the hill and stood close to Miller’s body.
“I said, ‘Why are you running now? It’s all over.’”
And that’s when he saw 14-year-old Mary Ann Vecchio running up the street to Miller.
He pressed the shutter on his camera, but it would be hours before he realized the emotion he captured.