Thursday, July 7, 2011

Toddler Falls From Window

A deaccessioned newsroom photo showing the scene just after an 18-month-old child, has fallen from a 5th-story window. Where, when, what happened next--I don't know, only that the event took place in the 1950s.

The dramatically charged relation between the three adults in the image--the mother (left), the doctor, the bystander--puts one in mind of 18th and 19th-century 'History Painting.' Human beings frozen, terribly, in space--even as they elicit our pity and fear. And moral apprehension (the slightly frightening-looking doctor). A crazy kind of Deposition.

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