Tagged: war

Don McCullin – Great humanist. Great Photographer.

The Horror

The horror and beauty of the infrared photography of Richard Mosse. Excellent post from fellow blogger and friend Ciaran Williams.

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Crimea, a place and name from a distant time is once again the cockpit for potential war. Russian troops have occupied that part of Ukraine and a larger conflict threatens to engulf the region. The infamous Crimean War of 1856 became synonymous with military ineptitude. But it was also the first war zone to provide daily newspaper reportage to the public back in Britain and to rely on extensive use of the new technology of photography.

Now two centuries later and in the saturated visual world of the early 21st century we have become increasingly inured to images of war. It seems that our attention is held less and less in direct proportion to the overwhelming torrent of mobile imagery now available to us. We have lost the ability to actually see what we are viewing. The horror of war is now lost in plain sight. Of course news…

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Randoms: Toy Soldiers Series © Sean Hayes (2013)

The Battle of Waterloo reenactment 2013 Belgium

Toy Soldiers © Sean Hayes

Every year, just down the road from where I live in Belgium, grown men and women dress up and play soldiers in a field outside the town of Waterloo. The Battle of Waterloo reenactment is an annual event that attracts thousands of participants and observers from France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Germany, Poland and Russia. It’s quite a sight. A photographer’s paradise in fact. Click. Camera: iPhone. Post: Photos apps.

The Battle of Waterloo reenactment 2013 Belgium

Toy Soldiers © Sean Hayes

The Battle of Waterloo reenactment 2013 Belgium

Toy Soldiers © Sean Hayes

The Battle of Waterloo reenactment 2013 Belgium

Toy Soldiers © Sean Hayes

The Battle of Waterloo reenactment 2013 Belgium

Toy Soldiers © Sean Hayes

The Battle of Waterloo reenactment 2013 Belgium

Toy Soldiers © Sean Hayes

The Battle of Waterloo reenactment 2013 Belgium

Toy Soldiers © Sean Hayes

The Battle of Waterloo reenactment 2013 Belgium

Toy Soldiers © Sean Hayes

The Battle of Waterloo reenactment 2013 Belgium

Toy Soldiers © Sean Hayes

The Battle of Waterloo reenactment 2013 Belgium

Toy Soldiers © Sean Hayes

The Battle of Waterloo reenactment 2013 Belgium

Toy Soldiers © Sean Hayes

A soldier’s child © Aaron Thompson

Christian Golczynski © Aaron Thompson

Christian Golczynski © Aaron Thompson

Golczynski, 8, receives the flag that covered the coffin of his father during a graveside service in 2007. A simple photography of a child’s grief communicates more powerfully, than any gory, blood stained image ever could, the utter futility and stupidity of war. Singer Ed Sheeran’s cover version of Bob Dylan’s classic anti-war song sums up my feelings about the military-industrial complex perfectly.

Link to song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHMlAYeFeYw

First New Book of 2014 is a Doosie!

International Center of Photography Library

Today we received our copy of ICP Alum Rita Leistner‘s new remarkable book, Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan: Text and i-Phone Hipstamatic Photography with a foreward by Julian Stallabrass.

Rita was one of the handful of ICP alumni who documented the U.S. wars after she graduated in 2001. These friends have served to educate me about conflict photography, about foreign policy, about culture in ways I never would have imagined. This is one of many ways that being a librarian at ICP is better than a graduate program in any of a number of disciplines.

As you may know, close to 3,000 books enter our doors each year, and so it really takes something exceptional to get me excited.

This book is astonishing!

Rita has an MA in Comp Lit, and she has written essays for other people’s books on conflict photography, but here she gets philosophical and…

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Wounded: Memorable photos for Remembrance Day.

Wounded Bryan Adams

Wounded © Bryan Adams

As we enter Remembrance weekend, our thoughts turn to commemorating the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives during the two world wars. We forget that war continues unabated in our world today and that the wounded are still forgotten. An embarrassment even. Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams and talented photographer has produced a powerful series of images that remind us that war leaves scars that are more than skin deep. War wounds more than a soldier – it wounds whole societies for generations. Something we should all strive to remember this weekend – ‘War is a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.’ Thomas Mann.

Link: Wounded the legacy of war – Steidl Verlag.