Wednesday, May 25, 2011

2 photographs; 2 views

I don't mention photography here much, and that's wrong. A still photograph makes by far the most impactful statement possible, in my view, and we need to take them seriously. I could go on for hours listing examples, but will just mention a couple: the flag-raising at Iwo Jima, and the assassination by a Vietnamese military officer shooting a suspect in the head. I mention them because those images live in our memories long after most of the people involved are gone.

A photograph at the White House during the visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sparked a long comment on perspective at the New York Times' photography blog. It's something all journalists should think about.

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