Photographs Of Boston Marathon Bombing

Apr 15, 2013
Photograph by John Tlumacki, The Boston Globe
Photograph by John Tlumacki, The Boston Globe

BOSTON, MA (April 15, 2013) - There have been at least two explosions at the finish line for the Boston Marathon today, so far killing 3 and injuring more than 130 people.

Boston Globe photojournalist John Tlumacki was an eyewitness to the bombing and captured many incredible photographs in the aftermath. Tlumacki has been a staff photographer at The Boston Globe for more than 30 years. He has been interviewed for a story published tonight in TIME magazine's LightBox online here.

Charles Apple did a great round-up of some of the next day's front pages from around the world, most of them featuring lead art by either John Tlumacki  or AP's Charles Krupa. Krupa's photograph of Jeff Bauman Jr., who lost both legs below the knee in the blast, being pushed to safety in a wheelchair was cropped by most publications so as not to show the gruesome nature of the victim's wounds. But the full-frame is online in many places, and Bauman's leg bones are visible and it shows the extensive nature of most victims' wounds. 

In this comparison you can see John Tlumacki's shot, which made the Sports Illustrated cover, and then you can see a wide shot taken at the same moment by David L. Ryan. In Ryan's shot you can see the second bomb exploding down the street. In Tlumacki's shot on SI's cover, the second bomb is hidden by the masthead typography. To compare the timing of the moment, compare the left-hand cop (with gun drawn) and her feet position in both shots. The two photographs look like they're within milliseconds of each other.

Boston freelance photographer Bill Hoenk may be one of the few photographers who was at the scene of the second blast.

Initial photographs from the scene on Monday were published in a gallery on The Atlantic magazine's Web site. (Warning: some are extremely graphic). What's confusing is how the Krupa photo of the critically-injured Bauman was first published unaltered by The Atlantic, and then later the image was digitally tiled. But rather than tile the graphic blown-apart legs and protruding bone fragments, editors at The Atlantic tiled Bauman's face. Not only was it done hours after being published, but the Krupa photograph has been published in print and online around the world hundreds and hundreds of times. So it's not like by digitally altering the photograph after the fact The Atlantic is protecting readers from seeing the horrible physical injuries, they're attempting to re-write history by obscuring the victim's face?

At the Daily News in New York, a reader caught the fact that someone at the paper digitally altered one of John Tlumacki's photographs from the bombing aftermath to cover up some of the protruding bone from a woman's leg. Again, Charles Apple's blog does a good job of illustrating the manipulation.

In the immediate aftermath of the bombing, Boston Globe sports producer Steve Silva posted this video of the first explosion.