Visualizing War & Disaster
In Virginia, Iraq, and Poland, photojournalists and editors struggle with the power of images and how they should be used.
When do images change public perception? What images are journalists reluctant to publish or broadcast? What standards do we apply to images captured by non-journalists, like Tami Silicio or a Virginia woman who was the first person to transmit pictures from a plane crash site?
Each of the articles below addresses these questions and raises additional questions for your response as we explore the role of visual journalism in documenting war and disaster.
Death of a War Correspondent
By Kehrt Reyher
Polish journalists are talking about the very graphic published images of war correspondent Waldemar Milewicz, killed in Iraq last week. >>Read more
The editor of Super Express explains the decision to use the photograph on the front page. >>Read more
Images as Eyewitness
by Kenny Irby
It is true that a picture can be worth 1,000 words. And it's also true that some pictures are worth 1,000 pictures. Especially in times of war, certain pictures have a unique way of changing the course of history. >>Read more
By Al Tompkins
Last Thursday, a fighter jet crashed in rural Franklin County, Va., 20 miles south of Roanoke. The first person to see the wreckage was a loyal TV news viewer who was armed with a cell phone camera. >>Read more