Monday, July 28, 2008

Greatest War Photographs. Images 06 - 10

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W. Eugene Smith, Time Life

A U.S. Marine cradles a near dead infant found wedged, face down in dirt, under a rock during an operation to clear out Japanese troops hiding in caves. Saipan 1944.

Sal Veder, Associated Press

Former prisoner of war Lt. Col. Robert Stirm is greeted by his family at Travis Air Force Base, California, upon his return from Vietnam, March 17, 1979. With arms outstretched is daughter Lori, 15; followed by son Robert, 14; daughter Cynthis, 11; wife Loretta and son Roger, 12.

Nick Ut, Associated Press

World Press Photo of the Year: 1972
Trangbang, South Vietnam, 8 June 1972. Phan Thi Kim Phuc (center) flees from the scene where South Vietnamese planes have mistakenly dropped napalm.
About the image: Nick Ut remembers how this (now famous) little girl pulled off her burning clothes, screaming, "Nong qua!" (Too hot!), and how he poured water to cool her off, after which he put all the kids in his van and took them to Cu Chi Hospital.

David Turnley, Black Star/Detroit Free Press

World Press Photo of the Year: 1991
Iraq, February 1991. US Sergeant Ken Kozakiewicz mourns the death of fellow soldier Andy Alaniz, a victim of friendly fire on the final day of fighting in the Gulf War.
About the image: Sitting knee-to-knee with the soldier who just realized his best friend is dead, Turnley pondered his position as a photographer - the ability to enter people's lives in very intimate ways - and tried to preserve his subject's dignity. He feels his photo reinforces the reality of war, that no matter the politics, human life is at risk.

Alexander Gardner, U.S.

A Confederate sharpshooter lies dead following the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in July 1863.

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