John Moore:
When a Photo Goes Viral

John Moore: When a Photo Goes Viral


In this video, John Moore tells us the story of his World Press Photo Award winning photograph of Honduran toddler Yanela Sanchez crying, as her mother, Sandra Sanchez, is detained by a U.S. border patrol agent. The photograph became a lightning rod in debates about U.S. immigration policy, and John reflects on the afterlives of the photograph on social media and the new ways images are disseminated and their context changed.

John Moore is a senior staff photographer and special correspondent for Getty Images. He has photographed in 65 countries on six continents and was posted internationally for 17 years, first to Nicaragua, then India, South Africa, Mexico, Egypt and Pakistan. Since returning to the U.S. in 2008 he has since focused on immigration and border issues. Moore has won top awards throughout his career, including the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography, World Press Photo honors, the John Faber Award and the Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club, Photographer of the Year from Pictures of the Year International, the NPPA and Sony World Photography Organization.



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