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Shooting Under Fire Hardcover – 11 Nov 2002
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As a media student and a hopeful future International Journalist I found this book not only intensely interesting, it also had the ability to fill me with a fearful excitement of the career that I am hoping to move in to.
I was in complete aure of the men and women who take on conflict in their own unique way and risk their lives to provide us, the people at home, with the shocking reality of war. I feel that we, as uninvolved bystanders, often take forgranted what it is that the men and women of our nations undertake for our, and our fellow people's freedom. The dialogue and photography of this book really does bring it home, all the way in to your front room.
All of the photographs in this book uplifted different emotions, whether it was shock, admiration or artistic appreciation of amazing media. If you have the slightest interest in photography, and even if you don't, this is a book which everyone can appreciate and should not be overlooked .
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The images are diverse - beautiful, horrible, violent and quiet. They show you truths that heroic and patriotic images usually shown during wartime do not. The truth is that soldiers, civilians, and civilizations are destroyed and obliterated in war. Wars shatter minds, hearts, and bodies. War is ugly. The photos force you to look at its ugliness.
Through the combination of words and images, I began to understand a little bit of the constant terror and danger that these photographers lived with while covering their respective wars. I also got the sense that photographing war changed them. Each describes the strangeness caused by being in a war zone by choice, with a camera, and yet totally unable to halt violence of any kind. The soldiers are sent there and the civilians cannot usually leave. But the photographers choose to be there. They stay to document history.
Even if you never speak of these conflicts and their photographs again, the photographers will have done their jobs by changing you as well. After you read this book, the conflicts and atrocities will have been uncovered, revealed, to one more person. That is something the perpetrators of the horrors depicted desperately did not want to take place. So go ahead. Be a witness. I dare you.
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