Poignant and gritty. This iconic photograph from the Vietnam War says so much with so little.
A soldier on duty smilingly looks at the camera up above as the photographer takes the shot. It’s simple, maybe even trivial but what’s really noticeable is the handwritten slogan on his helmet saying “War is Hell.” It’s a fitting title to the photograph shot by one of the world’s most talented photojournalists Horst Faas. Faas extensively covered the Vietnam War and documented the ongoing battle. This photograph was one of many pictures he took during his time on the field. The legendary photojournalist won the 1965 Pulitzer Prize for his photos.
The rakishly handsome soldier pictured was identified as Larry Wayne Chaffin. Wearing his curt smile and a helmet that freely expressed his feeling towards the war, Chaffin’s showed exactly how wars are waged – with lives of people who oppose it.
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Our intention with the Influential Photographs columns is not to glorify or demean the subject of the photo. Our intention with this column is to highlight the most influential analogue photographs of history. The photographs we feature are considered icons, for their composition, subject matter, or avant-garde artistic value.
Horst P. Horst was a fashion photographer who became famous for his striking use of composition and lighting. His photographs depict sheer and timeless beauty. The Victoria and Albert Museum is celebrating Horst's work with a retrospective exhibition of photographs from his prolific career. Lomography has teamed up with the V&A to give YOU the chance to win amazing prizes including tickets to see the exhibition, a book of his photographs and a Diana F+ Colette. Read on to find out more.
Geoffrey Berliner is the Executive Director of the Penumbra Foundation and the Center for Alternative Photography in New York. As the head of an organization whose goals are 'to be a comprehensive resource for photographers at any level' and 'to continue to publicize the impact photography has had and continues to have on culture, history and the arts,' his exposure to photographic materials -from 19th century gems to modern equipment- is so extensive, one cannot even begin to fathom just how much knowledge and experience this man has acquired. His collection of over 2000 vintage Petzval lenses is unparalleled, and the object of envy of both traditional and contemporary photographers. Although such lenses are reputed to require a certain level of skill to be used, Berliner seems to manage them with so much ease, producing splendid results.
Steffen Böttcher's blog is already home to some very beautiful portraits taken with the New Petzval Lens. But the Petzval does so much more than just taking beautiful portraits; Böttcher recently took the lens with him on a mobile home adventure across the South of France. Find out more about the German photographer and his road trip in this exclusive interview.
Susanna Brown is the Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She curated the exhibition "Horst: Photographer of Style" as well as recent V&A shows "Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography" and "Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton." We lent her an LC-A+ to test out her own photography skills and asked her a few questions about this fascinating job.
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Inessa is a London-based artist and lighting designer with a serious case of wanderlust. In this new series, she'll be taking Lomography cameras on her journeys to capture scenes and sights from her trips. First in line is the iconic LC-A+, on a trip to the Serbian, Croatian and Slovenian capitals.