In 2011, photographer Michael Christopher Brown took a “road trip” through the Libyan Revolution. His new book, Libyan Sugar, chronicles that extraordinary journey.
Edward Steichen was the first modern fashion photographer, best known for shadowy portraits of silver-screen stars like Gloria Swanson, Marlene Dietrich, and Louise Brooks. That the dark room master spent two years during World War I developing photographic surveillance techniques is less common knowledge.
Viewing the WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY show currently at the Brooklyn Museum offers a test of emotional restraint as well as the inclination to aestheticize. If the number of images is daunting, the sum of human pain on display registers as a body blow.
“At the height of my career covering conflicts,” reflects American photojournalist David Leeson (b. 1957), “I truly believed, deeply and passionately, that there existed a series of photographs, or a single photograph, that could end war. I wanted to find that one photo.”
Last year, the New York Public Library turned old stereoscopic photographs into internet-friendly GIFs with an addictive online tool called the Stereograminator. Now a Toronto-based photography studio and graphic design shop has done the same with a series of found images of World War I, resulting in vivid 3-D images that bring the brutality of the Great War to life.
War photographers help us witness pain, discover injustice and make sense of abstractions that are fed to us by our governments and leaders. They are the front line of image creators and they capture frightening, incredible, tender and unthinkable pictures that shock and enlighten us. Their jobs are very difficult but they are often soo good at it. Today, it was reported that photographer Tim Hetherington was killed in Misurata, Libya.