Love in the Time of Rioting [UPDATE]

Photographer Rich Lam speaks on his photo from last night’s riots:

I was covering last night’s Stanley Cup Playoffs for Getty Images when Vancouver erupted in riots after the Canucks’ Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins. It was complete chaos. Rioters set two cars on fire and then I saw looters break the window at a neighboring department store. At that point, the riot police charged right towards us. After I stopped running, I noticed in the space behind the line of police that two people were laying in the street with the riot police and a raging fire just beyond them. I knew I had captured a “moment” when I snapped the still forms against the backdrop of such chaos but it wasn’t until later when I returned to the rink to file my photos that my editor pointed out that the two people were not hurt, but kissing.

The other aerial view on Esquire makes it look like the girl in the photo was hurt and that the couple isn’t making out at all. Either way, this photo has been everywhere today, and for good reason: it’s amazing.

Update:Looks like the couple has been identified as an Australian man and his Canadian girlfriend. There are also rumors floating that the woman was gang raped in the riots before the photo moment. [via npr]

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