War Photography – A brief dialogue

James Nachtwey – Bosnia

Guest staring Sean van der Steen, good man, stout fellow, backbone of the Netherlands. He’s also a friend and colleague attending the MA programe at The Swedish School of Photojournalism.

Hopefully this will be the  first in a series of similar text  based blogs dealing with photojournalism, ethics and aesthetics, time will tell…

 

Are the aesthetics of war pictures important, taking in regard the reality of horror and suffering?

G.: Aesthetics are always important, and if you can make people more squeamish by making something pretty than all the better, they’ll be haunted even more by it. Gore has been done to death (get it?), but poetry lives forever. Continue reading “War Photography – A brief dialogue”