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Unembedded Photo Display

In a 2003 speech called “Independent Media In the Time of War,” Amy Goodman claimed that, if American’s were exposed to the atrocities of war for ONE WEEK, then war would be eradicated. The experiment would mean replacing all video-game images of fighter planes in American media with actual documentation of human suffering. This week, DailyKos is running that experiment, with a week-long feature of photos from Unembedded: Four Photojournalists on the War in Iraq. Kos is showing a new image from the book every day, and readers are encouraged to respond. So far the most interesting discussion of the book has been on Photo.net, where Bill Foster brought up the difficulty of photographic poignancy in a media-saturated age.
Bill Foster Photo.net Patron, nov 16, 2005; 05:27 p.m Thanks for the great links. It’s definitely on a par with the Vietnam photojournalism … but, back then, these sort of images were new. There was a shock value that gave them so much more impact.
Having just returned from an exhibit of the roving Bhopal Photographs, I think Bill underestimates the power of photographs. Maybe their impact is lessened in the clutter of the internet, but in a quiet place–an art museum, or a library–the images in Unembedded are hopefully as close as any of us will ever come to the atrocities of war.


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