Powerful picture that moved a man.

Discussion in 'Casual Photo Conversations' started by vic_., Oct 22, 2008.

  1. This picture, #16, from the New Yorker photo essay is the one that Secretary of State, General Colin Powell referred
    to last weekend in his famous interview with Tom Brokaw. He stared at it for an hour, and one wonders about all the
    thoughts that went on in his mind.

    http://www.newyorker.com/online/2008/09/29/slideshow_080929_platon?slide=16#showHeader

    Pictures can have that effect.
     
  2. Thank you, Vic.

    It is a heavy photo, and it did inspire a serious man to reflect upon the status of affairs in this nation.

    Secretary Powell is still talking about that photo:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/22/opinion/22dowd.html
     
  3. More "New Yorker" photos, also by Platon as part of the same military series, are here:

    http://www.newyorker.com/online/2008/09/29/slideshow_080929_platon?viewall=true#showHeader

    Audio of an interview with Platon is here:

    http://www.newyorker.com/online/2008/09/29/080929on_audio_platon
     
  4. Everyone's skin is dark and gritty in those photos, which I think is a key part of unifying this gallery of photos into a whole, and providing an emotional impact. They aren't prettied up, indeed the opposite a bit.

    I'm curious how? Just printed dark and contrasty? Or is he using color filters chosen to emphasize skin blemishes?
     
  5. Is this a Leica shot?
     
  6. Dear Torben,and everyone else,get hold of a copy of Somme Mud by E.P.F.Lynch,a W.W.1 vet. It is a auto- biographical novel about life in the trenches of the Somme. Absolutely nothing glamorous about it,men and animals blown apart by shrapnel, mown down by machine guns. And still we have not learned a thing.They were shot with a CANNON.
     
  7. What is a CANNON? And who are you to tell me the books I should buy? And on the LEICA Forum (sic!)
     
  8. Another good book about the trenches in WWI is Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves.
     
  9. and THE GOOD SOLDIER. Alfred Novotny
     
  10. Also, "All Quiet on the Western Front" and "Diary of an Infantryman".
     
  11. That particular photo seems a bit cloying and forced to me. But if it has a profound effect on any viewer, it succeeds.
     
  12. >>And who are you to tell me the books I should buy? <<

    Hmm. Looks like displacement to me.

    Don't like the message, shoot the messenger, too.
     

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