Leyte snap cracks Time Magazine’s photos of the year
MANILA, Philippines — Amid the devastation and ruins, faith has kept survivors going.
In a state of hell, survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” picked up religious idols and just marched forward, and photographer Philippe Lopez picked up his camera and shot one iconic moment.
Lopez’s photograph during the aftermath of Yolanda was chosen as one of Time Magazine’s top ten photographs of the year.
“The devastated landscape took on a strange beauty,” said Lopez in the caption who took the shot on November 18. “And it was just then that this group of women and children appeared on the road.”
“I think people gravitate towards this picture not only because it is visually strong and emotional, but also because, in a way, it draws on some (of the) viewers’ own faith.”
Lopez’s photograph joined an impressive rank of photographs taken from earth-shattering events like the Nairobi mall massacre, Boston Marathon bombing, Syrian executions, and the Cairo uprisings.
Subscribe to our global nation newsletter
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.