The beginning of my Photography domain.

Secondary Research: Combat Photographer

This job specifies in both combat and war photography. It would specify and appeal mostly to a person in the photography trade that has an interest in action and suspense, as they would get to shadow and follow the military.

The photographs that are taken by the Combat Photographer are often used for both press reports and official documentation of conflict. The work of a war photographer as such, don’t necessarily work near the actual fighting but they are there for the purpose of documenting the conflicts aftermath. Some of the photographs used however are sometimes manipulated, in order to create an image that is seemed to be even more dramatic for journalistic purposes.

The invention that is photography was first embarked in the 1830s, but the first attempts of said war photography was made by that of the British Government. This was in 1854, at the start of the Crimean War, reasons for capturing these events of the war was initially to show awareness to the public.

Now since the beginning of the 20th century, the photographers in this line of work capture all sorts of conflicts both minor and major, some even killed doing so.

One famous photograph that captured my attention was that of one entitled, ‘The Falling Soldier’. Taken by Robert Capa, on the 5th of September 1936. It was long believed to be the death of a Republication, but studies now show that the photograph is said to have been staged.  Although it still remains to be a very famous image, even having a replica of a statue in Netanya by Yigal Tumarkin.

During my research I cam across a blog that reflected the work of a Combat Photographer, by Sergeant Michael J. MacLeod. This blog really reflected the work of said photographers job, even though the man behind it was indeed a soldier. Along with its captivating title, “I Shot 29 Bullets and 212 Images”, the images he has took are both inspiring and truthful. You as the observer get a real sense of the environment these soldiers have to work in. Although some of the images are beautiful and colourful, you know from common knowledge that there’s a lot more deeper thought out there than what is seen in his images. As there are obvious risks with working in a hostile environment like those soldiers do.

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This entry was posted on March 15, 2014 by in Professional Practice Portfolio.
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