to John Filo's story of the Kent State photo
On May 4th, 1970, John Filo was a young
undergraduate working in the Kent State photo lab. He decided to take a
break, and went outside to see students milling in the parking lot. Over
the weekend, following the burning of the ROTC building, thousands of students
had moved back and forth from the commons area near to the hill in front
of Taylor Hall, demonstrating and calling to an end to the war inj Vietnam.
John decided to get his camera, and see if he could get an interesting
picture. He saw one student waving a black flag on the hillside, with the
National Guard in the background. He shot the photograph, and feeling that
he now had recorded the moment, wandered to the parking lot, where a lot
of the students had gathered. Suddenly, G company of the Ohio National
Guard opened fire. John thought they were shooting blanks, and started
to take pictures.
A second later, he saw Mary Vecchio crying
over the body of one the students who had just been killed. He took the
A few hours later, he started to transmit
the pictures he had taken to the Associated Press from a small newspaper
The photograph won him a Pulitzer.