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The Extraordinary Career of the Photojournalist Max Desfor

By Alan Taylor, The Atlantic
Suicide Jumper

A curious crowd of thousands of onlookers nervously watch John Ward, as he perched himself on a ledge on the 17th floor of the Gothan Hotel on Fifth Avenue in New York, threatening to jump, July 26, 1938. Several times spectators scurried backward as it appeared ward would leap from his precarious perch. (AP Photo/Max Desfor)

Max Desfor covered many of the most significant events and personalities of the 20th century while working for the Associated Press. Beginning in the 1930s, Desfor traveled the world, photographing daily life, unrest, celebrities, warfare, and more. Much of his reporting took place in Asia, where he documented events in the Pacific during World War II.

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Photos Of Children In The Troubles: Northern Ireland 1969-1981


July 1970: Armed British soldiers impose a curfew on the Falls Road in Belfast. (Photo by Malcolm Stroud/Express/Getty Images)

By , Flashbak

The Troubles refers to the war in Northern Ireland between Unionists for the United Kingdom and Republicans in favour of a unified Ireland. This bloody fight is too-neatly bookended by a civil rights march in Londonderry on 5 October 1968 and the the Good Friday Agreement on 10 April 1998. Northern Ireland was a place synonymous with murder, bombs, hit-squads, vicious bastards, shootings, victims of liberal bigots, prison and intimidation. You can read about the history of Northern Ireland in a thousand books. Where to begin? Well, Lost Lives by David McKittrick, by Seamus Kelters, Brian Feeley and Chris Thornton, Ten Men Dead: The Story of the 1981 Hunger Strike by David Beresford, and Trinity by Leon Uris are all good places to begin. In the meantime, these pictures of children who lived through the hate and destruction tell their own stories.

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