The Changing Face of War



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This is the final article for our group project on war photography.

The Time Magazine Cover

The Time Magazine Cover


During this seminar we (me and the people in my group) were looking at “Changing Face of War”, it all started with similar interests into photography and meanings behind some of the iconic images that has been shot during world wars.

We looked at several iconic photographers that have evidenced moments that have showed us the meaning of documentary photography then and some of the photographers who are taking pictures in 21st century.

We tried to compare film with digital and the images that have been taken.

From what we researched and experienced through books and internet we all agreed that no matter when it was taken, the scenes can be terrifying and dramatic as well as humorous and relaxed.

There were different artists – who posed the image, by asking the officers stand in one position and pose to the camera, and then there were photographers who were there with the soldiers, running to save their life and fight for the right. It is very hard when it comes to judge these types of images – they both show the atmosphere and situation, but when it comes to show the real fight between the soldiers and man made “army”, the ones that have been taken during the fight represent the moment, what “we – people who are waiting for their loved ones to return”, scare the most.

Back then and now – they still are images that will shock us, make us cry or bring a smile into our faces. No matter how they are represented – by still position, smiling to the camera, having a picnic, or in action saving lives, crying for the lost and finally looking into the lens with scared and lonely eyes, they still will be our heroes!!!


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