Posts Tagged 'war photography'

Photography Link Roundup

Photo: Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez, U.S. Air Force/DoD 

•  These dogs are a lot tougher than you: a photo essay on the military’s best friend. [Foreign Policy]

•  AP and Reuters are not covering Fox News’ Republican presidential primary debate tonight because the organizers are not allowing photography during the event. [Politico]

•  Bill Keller on Joao Silva and war photographers. [New York Times Magazine]

•  Deconstructing that now-famous photo of the Situation Room. [WWD and Washington Post]

•  “How We Hire Photographers” from a New York magazine editor. [PhotoShelter]

Eddie Adams – Iconic War Photographer

Photo by Eddie Adams/Associated Press

I’m not a great believer in the power of the moving image. A still image has greater lasting power. A still photographer has to show the whole fucking movie in one picture. On the screen, it’s over and back in the can in seconds. A still picture is going to be there forever. — Eddie Adams

If you haven’t been haunted by Eddie Adams’ photography, maybe you just didn’t know it was his. His most iconic image, of a South Vietnamese police chief  executing a Vietcong suspect in 1968, won him a Pulitzer Prize and international acclaim. Adams hated being defined by that photo — and the responsibility that came with it. He got into celebrity portraiture when he returned from Vietnam.

In the new book “Eddie Adams: Vietnam,” Adams’ war photography is showcased, including 200 never-before-seen photos that his first wife found in her garage. (And a documentary on Adams, “An Unlikely Weapon,” will be released in April.)

In this week’s New Yorker, there’s a small piece on the gallery show in Brooklyn that coincides with the book’s release. In it, Chris Hondros, a photographer for Getty who’s logged many years in Iraq, comments on war photography then and now:

“That picture is almost a template of what a photographer tries to do in Iraq. At least so far, a truly iconic picture like that has not emerged.” He took one photograph, he said, that reminds people of Adams. “It’s a picture of a little girl. It was after a checkpoint shooting with U.S. soldiers. They shot up a car coming toward them, and it turned out it was just an Iraqi family. They killed the parents, who were in the front seat, and the children in the back survived.” Hondros’s picture shows the girl, one of the survivors, crouching at the feet of an American soldier and holding out her hands, which are covered with blood. “It ran all over the world,” he said. “I got a lot of e-mails—‘This picture is going to stop the war, just like Eddie Adams’s picture.’ This was in January, 2005. And that didn’t happen.” 

Article via The New Yorker

Photojournalist Grapples with Famous Photo

In this article in Sunday’s Washington Post, former Army Times photographer Warren Zinn writes about learning that the subject of perhaps his most famous photo had killed himself. In 2003, Zinn took a photo of Army medic Joseph Dwyer carrying a wounded Iraqi boy that was hailed for its power and message of heroic sacrifice. Dwyer, 31, who was battling PTSD, died of an overdose on June 28. That lead Zinn, who is now attending law school in Miami, to do some soul-searching of his own. As he writes:  

Did this photo have anything to do with his death? News reports said he hated the celebrity that came with the picture. How much, I wondered, did that moment — just 1/250th of a second when three lives intersected on a river bank in Iraq — contribute to the burdens he’d brought home with him? If I’d never taken his picture, would he have ended up as he did? 

After four rotations in Afghanistan and Iraq, Zinn decided the risk wasn’t worth it anymore. He heard from Dwyer via email intermittently, the last one in 2004 saying, “Now looking back on it, it’s one of the greatest things I’ve ever done. I hope you feel the same about what you have done. I truly believe you played an important role in this war. You told everyone’s story.”


But Zinn seems circumspect about that role and his notoriety, writing: 

I’m a little embarrassed when people call the photo iconic or compare it with other famous photos. I was a photojournalist doing my job, just like hundreds of others in Iraq. There were countless pictures produced during the invasion that were better composed, better exposed and more compelling.

 Article from The Washington Post. 

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