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Ernst Friedrich (1894-1967), founder of the Berlin Peace Museum, anarchist and pacifist, was the author of War Against War (1924) which used photographs of mutilated victims of the First World War.
Ernst Friedrich, War Against War (1924)
reflections from photos
Three Guineas is written as a series of letters in which Virginia Woolf ponders the efficacy of donating to various causes to prevent war. In reflecting on her situation as the "daughter of an educated man" in 1930s England, Woolf challenges liberal orthodoxies and marshals vast research to make discomforting and still-challenging arguments about the relationship between gender and violence, and about the pieties of those who fail to see their complicity in war-making. This pacifist essay is a classic whose message resonates loudly in our contemporary global situation.
"The picture is like a quotation or a maxim or proverb. Each of us stocks in mind, hundreds of photos, which can be retrieved instantly. Mention the most famous photograph taken in Cifil Spanish War, the Republican soldier "shot" camera by Robert Capa at the same time it is hit by an enemy bullet, and almost everyone who heard about this war may evoke the grainy black and one white man in a white shirt with the sleeves rolled up, falling behind on the edge of a hill, right arm thrown back as his hand drops the rifle, he is about to fall, death on the very left "(Sontag, 2003)
"I was devastated by the sight of 900 children living in one camp in utter squalor at the point of death,"he said.
"I lost all interest in photographing soldiers in action."
The photographer has received several letters asking for advice to cover wars. His answer is always the same: go shooting peace is much more difficult.
The image taken in 1963 shows a young man with a disfigured face due to the radiation emitted by the explosion of the nuclear bomb dropped by the Americans a few years earlier, in 1945.
The first color photographs of a whole war were taken by Larry Burrows. Burrows photographed the tormented Vietnamese villagers and wounded American servicemen (USA x Vietnam). His material was published in Life magazine in 1962.
In 1966 he became a member of Magnum, which he headed from 1980 to 1985.
South Africa, Massacre de Sharpville, 1960
S África, 1985
Calcutta, India, 1993
A helpless father firmly embracing the daughter who suffered from malaria, waiting for Treatment at the clinic in Takhar province, Afghanistan. Seamus Murphy in 2008 published a book Entitled The Visible Darkness, Which includes images made in the 12 years he spent photographing Afghanistan.
Twenty-five years after her classic On Photography, Susan Sontag returns to the subject of visual representations of war and violence in our culture today.
How does the spectacle of the sufferings of others (via television or newsprint) affect us? Are viewers inured--or incited--to violence by the depiction of cruelty? In Regarding the Pain of Others, Susan Sontag takes a fresh look at the representation of atrocity--from Goyas The Disasters of War to photographs of the American Civil War, lynchings of blacks in the South, and the Nazi death camps, to contemporary horrific images of Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Israel and Palestine, and New York City on September 11, 2001.
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