The photographer who took pictures of a New York subway commuter moments before he was killed by a train has faced national morning television in the US to defend himself.
Police meanwhile have laid murder charges against the man suspected of pushing 58-year-old Ki-Suk Han onto the train tracks.
Freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi set off a firestorm of criticism after his photo of Mr Han was splashed across the tabloid newspaper New York Post yesterday.
"My condolences to the family, and if I could have, I would have pulled Mr Han out,'' Abbasi told NBC's TODAY show.
The photograph showed Mr Han struggling to clamber back onto the subway platform at Times Square as a train bore down on him on Monday afternoon.
Abbasi said he saw Han flung onto the tracks out of his peripheral vision while standing on the platform about 40m away.
He estimated that about 20 to 22 seconds elapsed between this moment and when Mr Han was fatally struck, during which time he started running toward the struggling man and snapping the photographs with his professional digital SLR camera.
He said he was trying to warn the driver of the oncoming train with the flash from his camera.
"If this thing happened again with the same circumstances, whether I had a camera or not and I was running towards it, there was no way I could've rescued Mr Han,'' Abbasi said.
"If I was in a reachable distance, I would've grabbed him and tried to pull him.''
Abbasi said the photographs were very dark and were lightened by the Post before publication.
He also confirmed he was paid for the photograph.
"I would call it licensing to use it," Abbasi told the NBC show.
"Selling a photograph of this nature sounds morbid. I licensed these photographs. [How the image was used] is not my decision."
Abbasi added that he had been returning to the Post anyway with his camera after an assignment earlier that day.
"I was approached that there would be interest,'' he told NBC.
"It's not that I ran to The Post and said, 'Hey guys I have a photograph you might be interested in.'"
Police have since arrested former deli worker Naeem Davis, 30, and charged him with second-degree murder.
Davis reportedly admitted shoving Mr Han and causing him to fall onto the subway tracks.
He claims Mr Han was harassing him and would not leave him alone, police said.
A police source told The Post that Davis stayed and watched as the train hit Mr Han and "showed no remorse".
"He said he heard his torso snap and he knew he was dead," the source said.
Police are awaiting toxicology tests on Mr Han, who was found with an empty bottle of vodka on him when he died.