From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Kenneth Jarecke (born 1963) is a photojournalist. He has covered a number of events but is notable for taking the famous incinerated Iraqi soldier that was published in the London Observer, March 10, 1991.
In the hours leading up to the ceasefire that would end the first Gulf War Jarecke was traveling along the Iraqi - Kuwait highway when he came upon a lone truck destroyed by American bombardment. The picture Jarecke took features the charred remains of an Iraqi Soldier with his last expression of pain imprinted on his face, his arms slumped over the window of the truck, attempting to lift himself out; almost staring at the camera Jarecke was travelling with a military public affair officer who allowed him to make the picture.
Due to the graphic content, deemed "too graphic even for the editors [of AP co-op newspapers] to see it," Jarecke's photo was pulled from the AP wire which effectively prevented the photo from being shown in the United States at the time. The photo did, however, cause considerable controversy in the United Kingdom after being published in the London Observer. Vincent J. Alabiso, former Associated Press executive photo editor regretted his actions and says that if the image was again transmitted now he wouldn't censor it, "That picture today would go out."