Photographer of Grim New York Post Cover Pic: ‘I Could Not Reach That Man’

We still haven’t received comment from The New York Post about their decision to publish the grim photo taken by R. Umar Abbasi, of Ki Suk Han about to be killed by an approaching Q train. But what we do have, is an explanation from Abbasi himself.

Abbasi penned his thoughts on the situation today in the Post. He claimed that he didn’t carefully plan the pictures like some have accused him of doing. He added that he was too far away from the man to save him, and that the experience was “one of the most horrible things I have ever seen.”

Abbasi said that the event haunted him so much he couldn’t sleep, and as for all of his critics, he considered them wrong to judge him:

I have to say I was surprised at the anger over the pictures, of the people who are saying: Why didn’t he put the camera down and pull him out?

But I can’t let the armchair critics bother me. They were not there. They have no idea how very quickly it happened.

They do not know what they would have done.

For what it’s worth, we believe Abbasi. It’s amazing to us the amount of people who are saying that they would’ve saved Suk Han. As if everyone makes the best decision in those kind of horrible situations. The reality is the people blasting Abbasi don’t have a clue what it was like and what he was thinking.

We guess it’s fair to criticize Abbasi for profiting off of such a terrible moment, but again, until you’re in that kind of situation, it’s difficult to say what you’d do. Maybe Abbasi has a dying family member and he desperately needs the money to pay the medical bills?

People do all sorts of things for different reasons; demonizing them is easy, but giving them the benefit of the doubt is the right thing to do.

[Image: New York Post/David McGlynn]