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Final Edit
March 2005

The image we rescued from the cutting room floor.

Final Edit Editor Senior editor John Echave talks about keeping a story on track with the right choice of photos.

Cut It?
"This is a pretty hard-hitting story," says senior editor John Echave, "so we didn't want to soften it by adding too many light pictures. We led with an enigmatic photo of children. And we had the photograph of a woman in a bar that celebrates New Year's Eve the last Friday of every month. It has a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and freedom and lightness to it. We also ran an image of children playing golf. And we end with a picture of children. We had to make room for other photos that told the story of Medellín today in a little more pointed way than we could with this picture. So by the time we made all those assessments, we realized that this image would be repetitive in many ways and didn't really have a place in the story."

Or Keep It?
"This photograph caught our attention for quite a long time," Echave continues. "Not only does it give you a different sense of place of downtown Medellín, but it's infused with vitality. It has a carefree feeling to it. It's difficult to photograph cities and make them look vibrant without the presence of people walking on the street or selling things. This image has a certain joie de vivre that's quite nice, and you still see the city in the background. The whole idea of children playing in the water is liberating. It's a lovely photograph, and I'm glad it made it into Final Edit Online."

March Final Edit
Photograph by Meredith Davenport

Medellín's Mean Streets
Cooling Out

Children take a refreshing dip in a fountain located in Barefoot Park near the heart of Medellín.

Check out Medellín, the feature story for which this photo was originally taken.
Final Edit Photographer Zoom In on more images by Meredith Davenport

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