Beautiful Homage to War Photographers

Reporters Without Borders has released a wonderful video that demonstrates the importance of having impartial and unbiased coverage of war and conflicts. In the video they juxtapose images and video footage which popular media presents, with that of independent photojournalists, for a stark contrast that effectively displays the different messages both are trying to get across.

Photojournalism is a dying breed with the number of conflict photographers down 40 percent over the last 15 years. It is a profession that often does not get the praise it deserves nor the attention. As the video from Reporters Without Borders puts it, “Without independent reporters, war would just be a nice show; Support those that risk their lives to bring us the truth.”

If all we see is the pride and pageantry of war we will never know of its true horrors. Photojournalists risk their lives so that we have a clear understanding of what is happening on the ground in these places of conflict.

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Scott Stebner's picture

War and conflict photography is something so many of us glorify but hardly understand. My uncle was a war photographer for LIFE magazine during WW2 and Korea. I still remember sitting on the floor as a kid as he told me stories about covering the signing of the WW2 treaty, covering Macarthur, and visiting his gallery openings.

He spent his life covering war, but when people asked him why he photographed it he said "War is not my delight...War was the event of my years."

And just because I can, some of my late uncle's events https://www.photographersgallery.com/by_artist.asp?id=229

Peter House's picture

Thanks for sharing. His work is fantastic.

Sean Shimmel's picture

Such soulful variety

Jennifer Futrell's picture

An awesome, thought provoking gallery. His life experiences and stories must have had a huge impact on him and the people around him. That Arkansas Farmer and his Daughter is very representative of my Mother and her sharecropper Father in Arkansas. She and her sisters worked in the fields with him all during the year. Thank you for sharing these.

Sean Shimmel's picture

Strategically, effectively sobering

Todd Becker's picture

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They bring LIES not truth! List the people they are mentioned in this video. Me, as Serbs living in Kosovo, know that best! The Western propaganda machine destroy my country and land by the media lies on the first places!