Saddam Execution as Art History

After it was over, after I had read about the execution of Saddam Hussein, I was frankly struck by how circumspect the media was regarding its coverage of the event—especially the American media. The cell phone video images that spread across the Internet and the television news channels were like the proverbial train wreck you couldn’t help but watch. Maybe I’m simply a ghoul, but I was left wanting more. Maybe it’s just because I look at pictures all day for a living, but I will admit that I w

After it was over, after I had read about the execution of Saddam Hussein, I was frankly struck by how circumspect the media was regarding its coverage of the event—especially the American media. The cell phone video images that spread across the Internet and the television news channels were like the proverbial train wreck you couldn’t help but watch. Maybe I’m simply a ghoul, but I was left wanting more. Maybe it’s just because I look at pictures all day for a living, but I will admit that I wanted more. I wanted to find the key image. Eventually I found it.

This image here was found on a Google search, which turned up a story from the Guardian, a London newspaper. The accompanying story was titled, “How Saddam died on the Gallows.”