My Best Shot: Dario Mitidieri
This story was originally published in February 2014.
Why It Is My Best Shot
The little boy standing on the shoulders of his father, is ‘welcoming’ the soldiers. The fact that he is unaware of the significance of their presence, makes this a poignant image. If only he knew that the soldiers he is greeting will take part in a brutal crackdown of students protesting for democracy, in one of the worst crimes against humanity.
Where and When I Shot This Image
The photo was shot in one of the back streets surrounding Tiananmen Square, in Beijing, China. It was made at approximately 5pm on 3 June 1989, a few hours before the massacre.
How I Achieved It
I wanted to get to a high vantage point in order to photograph the event. I was standing precariously on the back of a bicycle being held by some students, when I noticed this child gesturing at the approaching troops.
The Gear I Used To Get The Shot
The image was shot on a Nikon FM2 camera, with an AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D IF-ED lens.
About Dario Mitidieri
Dario Mitidieri is known for his poignant black and white reportage work. Over the years, he has shot a large number of assignments, projects that took him all over the world. When he is not consumed by his official work, he prefers to collaborate with NGOs. He is the author of ‘Children of Bombay’, published in 1994.