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St. Louis Rams Kevin Carter
SLP2000110105-01 NOVEMBER 2000- EARTH CITY, MISSOURI, USA: St. Louis Rams Kevin Carter is the center of attention at Rams Park, telling reporters that he thinks he played much better in last weeks win over San Francisco, November 1. Carter, an Pro-Bowl defensive end, was benched after the Rams loss to Kansas City on October 22. Carter says Rams head coach Mike Martz blamed poor play by the defense on him. rw/bg/Bill Greenblatt UPI
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Kevin Carter (September 13, 1960 in Johannesburg – July 27, 1994) was an award-winning South African photojournalist and member of the Bang-Bang Club.

Kevin Carter was born in apartheid South Africa and grew up in a middle-class, whites-only neighborhood. As a child, he occasionally saw police raids to arrest blacks who were illegally living in the area. He said later that he questioned how his parents, a Catholic, "liberal" family, could be what he described as 'lackadaisical' about fighting against aparthied.

After high school, Carter dropped out of his studies to become a pharmacist and was drafted into the army, which he hated. To escape from the infantry he signed up for the professional air force, mistakenly trapping himself into four years of service. In 1980, he witnessed a black mess-hall waiter being insulted. Carter defended the man, resulting in his being badly beaten by the other soldiers. He then went AWOL, attempted to start a new life as a radio disk-jockey named "David". This, however, proved more difficult than he had anticipated. Suffering from extreme depression, he attempted suicide. Soon after, he found himself back in the military, and following an ANC attack on the base he was stationed at in Pretoria, he decided he wanted to become a news photographer.

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