Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Regarding the Pain of Others- chapter 3&4

           Chapter three talks about how war photographs awaken, shock and wound the viewer. The Disasters of War is an example that does this. These photographs are meant to make a statement.
           My favorite quote that really stood out to me was (page 46), "It is always the image that someone chose; to photograph is to frame, and to frame is to exclude." A photographer has a lot of control with what goes into the frame and what they chose to keep out. This tool can make images look different than they really are. Even before photoshop and technology, photographers could still manipulate their images. It has also been possible for photographs to misrepresent.
       "The camera is the eye of history" (page 52) - Brady has suppose to had said. I feel like this is an on going theme throughout her writing. She talks a lot about the history of war. She emphasizes how the photographs tell us what happened.

        These chapters also talk bout how many war photographs were actually set up. This was very surprising to me. I never would have thought any of those images of war were set up. I feel like they lose their value is they are set up. They are suppose to be a real moment and knowing that they are set up takes away from that.

The Valley of the Shadow of Death


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