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by John Tlumacki of the Boston Globe (cropped by Sports Illustrated)by John Tlumacki of the Boston Globe

Two photos taken just seconds apart by John Tlumacki of the Boston Globe. The first reads as determined heroic action. The second as confusion. Yet different media outlets are using both of these photos somewhat interchangeably as the iconic image of the day.

by John Tlumacki of the Boston Globe

An uncropped wide view of the first shot shows both the heroism and the confusion. I think this is a better photo. Colors, framing, and mood are all perfect. At the same time, I can see why this view isn’t getting circulated as much. It’s a bit too complicated to be the “iconic” image. We like our icons to have clear messages.

by David L. Ryan for the Boston Globe

Interestingly, there’s an even wider view of this exact same scene. Also by a Boston Globe photographer. From almost the same angle too, just further away. In fact, David Ryan’s photo is at almost exactly the same instant as Tlumacki’s first photo.* This photo, while not…

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