NY Post Subway Photo Debate: Should Photographer R Umar Abbasi Have Helped?

NY Post Subway Accident

On Tuesday morning, millions of New Yorkers rose to the headlines “Pushed on the subway track, this man is about to die” above the picture of a man struggling to get out of the subway tracks, and below him a single word: Doomed.

NY Post Subway Photo

The free-lance photographer, R. Umar Abbasi, is said to have been using the flash from his camera to warn the conductor of the subway. Despite the attempt, the 58-year-old Ki Suk Han regrettably did not make it to another day.

Han was believed to have been pushed into the tracks, but what really has people outraged is the lack of assistance given to the man by the photographer, and fellow bystanders who could have attempted to help pull Han out of harm’s way. Adding insult to injury, the NY Post stations the picture of the old man in his last seconds of life on the cover of their paper.

Although, most of the outrage appears to be aimed toward the Abbasi for taking the picture rather than saving the old man, despite the insistence of both himself and the NY Post that he did attempt to warn the conductor; either way, the decision has people on twitter calling the NY Post’s choice to portray this picture ‘sickening’, ‘gruesome’, and ‘horrifying’, as well as saying that they are ‘disgusted’ by it.

Larry King reached out his followers on Twitter and asked, “Did the @nypost go too far?”

One man, Francis Lam, calls for a cry to action tweeting, “Do not ever buy the NY Post again.” ¬†While others are wondering about the ethics of the NY Post, and more importantly, if they even have any.

Ki Suk Han was someone’s son, someone’s father, and someone’s husband, who is now dead, even worse the NY Post is making a profit off a photo of his last seconds of life, a moment when he strived for life and no one offered him the assistance for him to keep it. The incident shows a tragic lack of camaraderie among the other American people at the station as well as the photographer.

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On Monday, a 58-year-old Queens man named Ki-Suk Han was killed when an unknown assailant pushed him off the platform at Manhattan’s 49th Street subway station. It was one of those stories that strikes fear into the heart of every New Yorker, and the controversial image on the cover of Tuesday’s New York Post — taken by an onlooker in the last desperate seconds of Han’s life — only compounded the horror of the incident.

New York Post Cover Shows Man About To Die

Host David Begnaud delivers breaking news about NY Post Cover showing a man being pushed into the Subway.

Outrage Over NY Post Pic Depicting Subway Victim

That’s what R. Umar Abbasi, a freelance photographer for The New York Post, said of the fatal subway incident on Monday that he caught with his camera. One man threw another into harm’s way, causing him to be run over by an oncoming train. This last part happened in the blink of a shutter.

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3 Comments on "NY Post Subway Photo Debate: Should Photographer R Umar Abbasi Have Helped?"

  1. I don’t question the photographer. A photojournalist’s job is to report the truth through photos and not interfere in any way. Too much blame on the photographer, but guess what? He wasn’t the only one there that could have helped the guy. Besides all the blame should be focused on the person who pushed the guy in

  2. Appears to be a sign of the times when getting the shot is more important than helping someone.

  3. Flash can blind or dazzle driver !
    It is not help but harm.

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