In March 1993, while on a trip to Sudan, Kevin Carter was preparing to photograph a starving toddler trying to reach a feeding center when a vulture landed nearby. Carter reported to taking the picture, because it was his "job title", and leaving.
He came under criticism for failing to help the girl. The St. Petersburg Times in Florida said this of Carter: "The man adjusting his lens to take just the right frame of her suffering, might just as well be a predator, another vulture on the scene.
The photograph first appeared on March 26, 1993, having been sold to the New York Times Hundreds of people contacted the newspaper to ask the fate of the girl. The paper reported that it was unknown whether she had managed to reach the feeding center. In 1994, the photograph won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.
On 27 July 1994 Carter drove to the Braamfontein Spruit river, near the Field
and Study Centre, an area where he used to play as a child, and took his own
life by taping one end of a hose to his pickup truck’s exhaust pipe and running
the other end to the passenger-side window. He died of cxarbon monoxide
poisoning aged 33. Portions of Carter's suicide note read:
"I am depressed ... without phone ... money for rent ... money for
child support ... money for debts ... money!!! ... I am haunted by the vivid
memories of killings and corpses and anger and pain ... of starving or wounded
children, of trigger-happy madmen, often police, of killer executioners ... I
have gone to join Ken Oosterbroek (recently deceased colleague) if I am that