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  • What determines the importance and uniqueness of a photograph?
    What is the value of an image?
    Who can determine the importance and value of a photograph?

    Sometimes fate does.

    I took the picture of this little kid in a tiny village of the Dominican Republic with the only camera I happened to have:
    a plastic Holga, loaded with black and white film.

    A few months later, tragedy struck.

    The little boy was eating a "Kenepa" (a tropical fruit also called Lemoncillo), when he swallowed the seed and it got lodged in his throat.

    The hospital being far away, he did not make it in time.
    He died a very slow and painful death, choked by a seed.

    This is the only photograph of the little boy that was ever taken, the only reminder of his existence on this planet.

    Short for words, pushing back my tears, I had it printed and offered it, in his memory, to the distraught family.

    The only photograph.
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