16 May 2005

Photography and war

“War is an acid test for photography. It deals with life and death, and possesses great drama. Yet it raises questions about what pictures can and should be made, and what pictures can and should be seen. What does it mean take to a picture of someone being shot or of dead bodies? What does it mean to want to see such pictures?”

That’s the introduction to war photography in a feature called American Photography – A Century of Images on www.pbs.org. Click here to read the rest of that essay.

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