I do not know who does the selecting. But the photo editors at the newspaper and the photographers (regardless of nationality or agency) who are feeding them images seem to converge way too much. As a result, what emerges are pretty clichéd patterns, regularized variations on a theme. Lines of helmeted police, resembling Storm Troopers from Star Wars, clashing with demonstrators always is a favorite. So to are exotic people engaged in exotic practices of this or that sort. This week we had a theme of fish at one or another stage of being harvested. And we had food frolics of various celebratory sorts. But we also had these three themes as well.
of Buddha lies among the ruins of the destroyed Erwang
Temple, also known as the Temple of Two Kings, in
earthquake-hit Dujiangyan. The temple, which is on the
UN's world heritage list, was built 2,000 years ago.
Photograph © Jason Lee/Reuters.
27 May ~ Sichuan province, China: Some of the 108
wooden carvings of China's emperors are seen broken
on the floor of the Fuxing Buddhist temple after the
earthquake. Photograph © Nir Elias/Reuters.
Cliché #2: The Hands of the Oppressed
xenophobic violence sit on a bus as they wait to leave
Germiston City Hall for a newly constructed camp.
After living in temporary shelters in police stations
and community halls for nearly three weeks, the
displaced foreigners are now being moved to temporary
shelters, with tents supplied by the United Nations.
Photograph © Jon Hrusa/EPA.
2 June ~ Johannesburg, South Africa: A Congolese national
displaced by the recent xenophobic attacks shows his
identification bracelet. Photograph © Gianluigi Guercia/
28 May ~ Johannesburg, South Africa: Immigrants
displaced by violence against foreigners warm their
hands over small fire outside a police station.
Photograph © Mike Hutchings/Reuters.
with Israeli troops during a protest against Israel's
security barrier. Photograph © Sebastian Scheiner/AP.
28 May ~ Nilin, West Bank: A Palestinian boy hurls a
stone at Israeli soldiers during a demonstration.
Photograph © Abbas Momani/AFP.
26 May ~ West Bank, Palestinian territories: Palestinian
demonstrators hurl stones at Israeli border police during
a protest against Israel's separation barrier in Nilin, near
Ramalla. Photograph © Muhammed Muheisen/AP.