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Powerful War Photographs

In the industry, war photographers are among the most respected and their photos the most sought out and powerful. Why's this?

Besides the human interest element, “bringing the war home” to families of soldiers and those stationed abroad longing for a clearer understanding of what their loved ones are experiencing, and to the inhabitants of the nations at war, up to their ears in speech’s given by politicians and shaky news footage, the ‘still’ photo provides a lasting impression that the observer will likely spend more time reflecting on.

We were moved by this LIFE feature entitled 50 Photos That Brought the War Home. Here you’ll find a collection of some of the most famous and striking images from wars past and present.

In the above and below galleries is a glimpse of the photos featured, taken by photojournalists such as Larry Burrows and David Douglas Duncan.

We pose you with the question, although sensitive, what do you feel when looking at these photos?

In the words of one photography analyst "As objects of contemplation, images of the atrocious can answer to several different needs. To steel oneself against weakness. To make oneself more numb. To acknowledge the existence of the incorrigible.”
Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others

If you like this article, we suggest:
Seeing War Through The Eyes of Robert Capa
Brighter Moments – Post-War Photography by Hans Steiner

written by soundfoodaround

3 comments

  1. neurodiaz

    neurodiaz

    Great article, awesome photographs

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  2. gvelasco

    gvelasco

    These photographers are a special breed. They have to handle a difficult subject, under dangerous circumstances, and often they produce photographs that are technically, and even artistically excellent. Someone needs to do this job so that we can understand the cost of going to war.

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  3. maxwellmaxen

    maxwellmaxen

    as a kid i wanted to become a war photographer. now that i did not do army service, i can really forget that dream. but war is nothing for me anyways!

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