We are a species of rubber-neckers. We cannot resist watching unfortunate happenings – fires, tornadoes, car accidents. We’ve all experienced the paradox of enjoying tragedy. Some wise man said:
It is by inflicting upon ourselves some form of punishment that we find relief from those negative emotions and feelings that we have experienced.
That’s the essence of “sensational” newspapers. And the core of the two below, La Tribuna from Italy (1950s) and Radar from France (1960s) take the voyeurism of pain to its logical extreme. In the former, illustrator Vittorio Pisani captures the exact moment of horror just as calamity is about to strike. For hundreds of La Tribuna covers and back covers he finds the cliff off which his average citizens are about to fall.
Pisani’s ability to freeze the moment makes him the anti-Rockwell, but decidedly as skilled, wouldn’t you say?
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