There are people who changed the world around them with their ideas and ideals. But Kevin is special. He changed the fate of many starving people in Africa with his photojournalism. Many of you might have seen the adjacent picture. The New York Times published it for the first time on March 26, 1993. Practically overnight hundreds of people contacted the newspaper to ask whether the child had survived, leading the newspaper to run a special editor’s note saying the girl had enough strength to walk away from the vulture, but that her ultimate fate was unknown. Kevin also was the first person to photograph a public execution by “necklacing” in South Africa in the mid-1980s (picture on right). Carter was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography on May 23, 1994 at Columbia University’s Low Memorial Library.
Following the event, two months after that, Kevin committed suicide on 27 July 1994. His suicide letter read:
“I am depressed … without phone … money for rent … money for child support … money for debts … money!!! … I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings and corpses and anger and pain … of starving or wounded children, of trigger-happy madmen, often police, of killer executioners…I have gone to join Ken [recently deceased colleague Ken Oosterbroek] if I am that lucky.”