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Letters | The Power of Pictures

Graphic front-page image is a powerful act of truth-telling

Sydney Corcoran was tended to near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in an image that ran on the front page of the Globe Tuesday.

JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF

Sydney Corcoran was tended to near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in an image that ran on the front page of the Globe Tuesday.

The front-page photograph from the April 16 edition of the Globe was a powerful image that deserved the position. I disagree with therapist Barbara Marriott’s April 17 letter “Placement of photo traumatizes readers,” arguing that the photograph, which graphically depicted the moments following the Boston Marathon bombing, should not have been printed.

The photograph powerfully captured what happened at the finish line on Monday. This act of terrorism is not something that should be hidden from view.

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I am not a therapist, but I do agree that the photograph has a lot of shock value and is certainly traumatic. That is exactly why it should be on the front page. The bombing was a savage act. We should not hide pictures of the chaos and damage because that would be a lie to the readers. Bostonians, Americans, and the world need to know what happened, and the visual medium is far more powerful than words.

I commend the Globe for reporting what happened, and for showing what happened.

Tobias Zanini

Boston

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