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Shooting Under Fire: The World of the War Photographer
by Peter Howe
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Shooting Under Fire is the candid testimony and stunning photography of the men and women who go into battle armed only with a camera to show warfare as it is and where it is. On September 11, 2001, America and the world learned in a devastating attack that warfare can just as easily occur on a beautiful day in the middle of one of the world's greatest cities as in a desert thousands of miles away. The world was made aware of this because photographers were there to record the terror, bravery, and desolation of the assault. One of them gave his life doing so. In this volume, ten of today's leading combat photographers relate incidents of tragedy, humor, bravery, and daring in locations from Vietnam to Haiti, Ramallah to Chechnya, El Salvador to Sarajevo, Panama to Afghanistan. Here, in their own words, are their stories of life in the combat zone, together with many of the powerful images they risked their lives to obtain. This historical and very human look at the pathos of war also reveals the moral and ethical issues that this elite corps of photographers faces, and the decisions they must make in the chaos of conflict: Like soldiers, they are exposed to the terror and exhilaration that result from the stress of combat; unlike soldiers, their role is not always clear -- are they honorable witnesses or reckless voyeurs? In addition to the works of these courageous and talented photographers are iconic images, from the American Civil War to the devastation of the World Trade Center, that tell the story not only of the development of combat photography, but also of the profound changes in warfare itself that have occurred in the last century and a half.
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