From ABC News
New York Post freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi had little time to weigh the ethics of photographing an oncoming train as it bore down on a man hanging from the edge of a New York City subway platform this week.
“I had my camera up – it wasn’t event set to the right settings – and I just kept shooting and flashing,” Abbasi told the paper in an interview. “Hoping the train driver would see something and be able to stop.”
“It all went so quickly,” added Abbasi, who just happened to be in that particular station.” From the time I heard the shouting until the time the train hit the man was about 22 seconds.”
In the process, Abbasi set off a recurring debate that has raged since his image of 58-year-old Ki-Suck Han – who died from his injuries – hit the cover of Tuesday’s Post: When does a journalist ditch his or her press credentials to become a part of the story?