The Story Behind an Already-Iconic Image From London's Riots

An already-famous photo of the Londion riots shows a lady leaping from her flat into the arms of rescuers.

London jumper
London jumper
Amy Weston/WENN.com

Out of all the photographs taken during the riots spreading across Britain, the most iconic so far has been by Amy Weston of WENN who captured a dramatic leap of a woman from her first floor apartment. The image is so expertly captured that accusations of Photoshop enhancement were soon flung, but it was simply a matter of the right place at the right time.

The shot was taken in Croydon, and Weston gravitated towards the scene when she heard the woman scream. Talking to the Guardian, Weston said:

"There were six or seven people screaming and crying outside, and they looked like they lived at the flats that were burning. The flats were above small independent shops. A man in a white shirt was screaming that a girl was at the window and that she was ready to jump. He ran towards her but riot police had appeared and pulled him back, and they went to her instead. As soon as she dropped, the crowds pushed back and there was no way to see what happened to her. I remember hearing people screaming that there were more people in the building. The crowds started getting angry with each other, with one group blaming another group for starting the fire.

There were warnings of gas cylinders being fired into the crowd from riot police so I got out of there. I couldn't get to my car so I had to walk, wrapping my camera in my clothes to avoid being mugged."

The photo quickly spread through the news outlets, making the front page of a number of major papers like the Guardian, Times, Sun, Daily Mirror and Daily Telegraph.

But what about the woman? She's 32-year old Monika Konczyk, a shop assistant and originally from Poland and has only been in the UK for a handful of months. Thankfully she's now safe and staying with her sister, but is reportedly having trouble recovering from the trauma of the incident.