After the devastating earthquake in Turkey, there are many heartbreaking moments that have been captured. In it, the photo of a father holding his dead daughter’s hand in a collapsed apartment building in the middle of a cold morning by photojournalist Adem Altan moved many people.
For Adem Altan, this photo cannot be compared to any other work he has taken during his 41 years of work.
After driving from Ankra to Kahramanmaraş in southern Turkey, which was hit by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, the male reporter passed a collapsed apartment complex.
The family trying to dig through the rubble to find loved ones buried below. However, a man in an orange coat sitting quietly among the rubble caught Adem Altan’s eyes.
The man in the orange shirt appearing in the photo of the male reporter is Mesut Hancer. At that time, Hancer’s hand was holding the hand of his 15-year-old daughter named Irmak. The little girl died in her bed when a strong earthquake collapsed the apartment building.
The father in that painful moment realized that Adem Altan was working, but he still told him to keep going.
“Take a picture of my daughter”, he called… Then he let go of the hand he was holding and showed me the baby. I saw a person’s head under the rubble,” reporter Adem Altan said.
“It was painful… My eyes welled up and I had a hard time not crying while taking the pictures. I waited for a while, hoping someone would come and take her away. Unfortunately, no one was there. coming”, Adem shared the haunting image.
After that, Adem Altan left the position of Hancer and his daughter to continue taking pictures after the earthquake for AFP news agency – where this reporter has worked for the past 15 years.
“I was curious to know what happened to the father and son, so the next morning, I went back to the ruins… However, he was no longer there and neither was his daughter,” Adem Altan said. shall.
The male photojournalist knew that he had captured a haunting photo of the pain caused by the earthquake. However, he did not expect it to become a symbolic image of a devastating disaster.
“The photo has received a lot of attention both in Turkey and around the world. Hundreds of people have shared it on social media and I have received hundreds of messages saying ‘a photo showing the pain of the battle. earthquake” and “a photo that we can never forget until we die”, the male reporter confided.
For Adem Altan, the photo has completed the task of depicting the devastating physical and mental devastation of the earthquake, capturing the boundless love of a father for his daughter and posing as a pose. the poignant question “is there any greater pain than this?”.
“I can’t compare it to any other photo I’ve taken before. The photo attracted a lot of attention. However, I can’t say I’m happy… This is a disaster… “, Adem Altan confided his heart.