TIME magazine photo of Boston Bombing tot goes viral

April 18th, 2013 by | Permalink
Injured baby shortly after second Boston bomb explosion. Photo via TIME.

Injured baby shortly after second Boston bomb explosion. Photo via TIME.

The cover of TIME magazine’s May 2013 digital edition, covering the Boston Marathon bombing, has drawn criticism and analysis from other media sources such as the Christian Science Monitor and the Huffington Post on Thursday.

The cover shows a toddler boy, frightened, crying and bloody with the headline, “Tragedy in Boston.”

The cover photo is for TIME’s May 6, 2013 edition which will be released in tablet form only. It was taken shortly after the second bomb exploded on Monday.

Photographer Bill Hoenk took the picture, along with many others as he sought to chronicle that ill-fated day, which resulted in upwards of 170 wounded people, 10 of whom lost limbs, and left three people dead. One of the victims who perished was a local 8-year-old boy.

Hoenk told TIME, “I remember looking down and seeing a baby carriage upside down with people running over it. It really freaked me out.”

Hoenk says specifically of the TIME cover photo, “I saw the cop lift up the baby. When I look at the photos, I cry. The baby was screaming.”

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