The New York Times wrote an obituary for Dith Pran, the â€śKilling Fieldsâ€? photographer who died Sunday. The lead was a standard obituary lead with his name, his claim to fame and how old he was when he died.
An obituary differs from a resume because it does not necessarily only have the good accomplishments of a person. An obituary is a reflection of someoneâ€™s lifeâ€”including the details the person may have been less than proud of. Here, there are gruesome details of Pranâ€™s life during the Cambodian genocide that would never be included in a resume. There are also quotes from people who knew Pran in life.