Kenneth Jarecke

Monday, 11 August 2014

“It’s hard to calculate the consequences of a photograph’s absence. But sanitized images of warfare, The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf argues, make it ‘easier … to accept bloodless language’ such as 1991 references to ‘surgical strikes’ or modern-day terminology like ‘kinetic warfare.’ The Vietnam War, in contrast, was notable for its catalog of chilling and iconic war photography. Some images, like Ron Haeberle’s pictures of the My Lai massacre, were initially kept from the public, but other violent images—Nick Ut’s scene of child napalm victims and Eddie Adams’s photo of a Vietcong man’s execution—won Pulitzer Prizes and had a tremendous impact on the outcome of the war.” Torie Rose DeGhett • Atlantic