When we visit tourist spots or scenic places, we all tend to happily go on a photo taking spree. That’s so much fun! But imagine taking photographs when Bombardiers are dropping huge bombs all around! Image clicking photos of badly mutilated corpses. Imagine seeing devastation, fire, blood and danger everywhere you go. And imagine taking photos in an environment where you’re not sure if a bullet will not hit you before your finger could hit the camera button.
Well, that could be very hard for us to imagine. And that is exactly what war photographers do for living. War photography is a very dangerous profession. But still there are brave hearts who take up the challenge and pursue this high-risk career. Photo-journalists are people who don’t write articles, rather they let their camera speak. Some photo-journalists, who are not averse of putting their lives in danger, opt to be war photographers. These professionals often work for news agencies as well as freelancers.
We comfortably sit in our drawing rooms watching war horrors on TV or photos from conflict right in the magazine in our lap. War photographers live on the edge of danger and they willingly enter even more dangerous zones only to bring us information. They strive to make photographic record and evidence of what is going on in the battlefields.
We have a large number of photographs from warn-torn areas. But some of these photos became very famous. I have written a series of articles on such famous war photographs. These photos are famous for different reasons. But they have one thing in common. That is war, conflict and danger.
I invite you to take a look at these photos and read these articles. You’ll learn a great deal about how dangerous and difficult war photography is.
Following are some of the articles you’ll find about photographs related to wars. Not all of these have been taken in dangerous circumstances, but they all are famous and they are have a connection with armed conflict somewhere in the world. Some of these photos could be disturbing to certain people. Therefore, I would advise you to use your discretion before you decide to take a look.
- Execution of Nguyen Van Lem (Vietnam)
- Nagasaki Nuclear Bombing (Mushroom Cloud)
- The Kiss (V-J Day in Times Square)
- Battle of Longewala (Tank Marks)
- Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin
- Omaha Beach Landing and Invasion
- Surrender of Pakistan in 1971 Indo-Pakistan War
- Phan Thi Kim Phuc (Naked Vietnamese Little Girl Running from Napalm Strike)
- A Harvest of Death: Famous Photo by Timothy H. O’Sullivan
- Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima by Joe Rosenthal (Famous Photograph)
- The Falling Soldier (Famous Photograph) by Robert Capa
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