Wednesday, May 23, 2012

War Photographers of the Civil War and Beyond

Is a picture worth a thousand words?  How many times have we seen a photo in the paper or on the news that touches us, shocks us, even horrifies us?  Probably too many times to count.  My first experience with war was probably after seeing the cover of a Time/Life magazine or maybe a National Geographic.  These images can stay with us for decades and help us see from generation to generation--maybe teaching us compassion and how to learn from our past mistakes. These brave men and women risk their lives to bring us news from all over the world and hopefully their courage and skill will help make the world a better place.  The following are some of the greatest in their field:

Margaret Bourke-White--She is one of America's most famous photojournalists and is known as the first Westerner to photograph Soviet industry, the first female photographer for Life Magazine, and the first female war correspondent permitted to work in war zones. She died in 1971 of Parkinson's Disease at the age of 67.


Mathew Brady--He was born about 1823 in New York and is one of America's pioneering Civil War photographers. His photos of fallen soldiers showed the public the carnage of war. He gambled his life savings on the project and died penniless never knowing the impact he had.

Larry Burrows--This Englishman born in 1926 and famous for his pictures of Vietnam, was killed in 1971 with three other journalists when their helicopter was shot down over Laos.


Robert Capa--Born in 1913, this Hungarian photojournalist covered five different wars.  He died with his camera in his hand after stepping on a land mine in Southeast Asia in 1954.

Ron Haviv--This American photojournalist is best known for his coverage of the atrocities of the Yugoslav wars. His work focuses on raising awareness of human rights violations worldwide.

Tim Hetherington--Born in 1970, this British/American is best known for co-directing the Oscar nominated documentary Restrepo. He and photographer Chris Hondros were killed by mortar fire April 20, 2011 while covering the Libyan civil war.

Tim Page--This English photographer who covered the Vietnam War, was wounded in action four separate times.  He founded an organization in memory of the 135 journalists and photographers who died covering all sides of the Indochina conflicts.

For the World to See: The Life of Margaret Bourke-White by Jonathan Silverman
Brady's Civil War by Webb Garrison
Vietnam by Larry Burrows
Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa by Alex Kershaw
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: A Photographer's Chronicle of the Iraq War
by Ashley Gilbertson
Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal by Ron Haviv
On Their Own: Women Journalists and the American Experience in Vietnam
by Joyce Hoffmann
Combat Photographer by Nick Mills
Tim Page's NAM by Tim Page
Restrepo--DVD
Vietnam's Unseen War--DVD
War Photographer--DVD

"I have been a witness, and these pictures are my testimony.  The events I have recorded should not be forgotten and must not be repeated."
James Nachtwey subject of War Photographer





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