Just as with Eddie Adams's famous 1968 photo from the Vietnam War, the images of Derek Chauvin and George Floyd only tell us part of the story.
The famous 1968 photo by Eddie Adams is of a South Vietnamese Brigadier General--Nguyễn Ngọc Loan--summarily executing a handcuffed man in civilian clothes. Mullarkey discusses both photos and concludes:
Leave the last word to Adams who grew to admire the man he had photographed, ultimately to his detriment in the post-war years. He eulogized Loan at his death in Burke, Virginia, in 1998, adding: “Still photographs are the most powerful weapon in the world. People believe them, but photographs do lie, even without manipulation. They are only half-truths.”
If you follow one of the links in the article you'll also read this:
Adams said Wednesday that Gen. Loan's actions were misinterpreted because of the picture.
"The guy was a hero. America should be crying," said Adams, now a freelance photographer. "I just hate to see him go this way, without people knowing anything about him."