The relationship between war and photography is born from the desire to capture it. Although this desire is what connects the two, it is fundamentally the technology that dictates the subject matter of war. There are major differences in subject matter of 19th Century war photographers and today’s photographers. Restricted by the technology of the time, photographers had to capture other aspects of war, away from battle. As photography’s technology advanced, it increased the opportunities for photographers as to they how they captured the chaos of war, many times right in the midst of battle.
The invention of photography intrigued many. Individuals were driven to capture their life. They captured still images of the lives of others, to share, to record, to have as a memento. As photography began to flourish, war and the recording of it, captivated photographers. However, early war photography was disadvantaged by their inability to capture images instantly, as we do today. Photographers of the American Civil War resorted to capturing the aftermath of a battle or creating a mock up scene. Such occurrences were the norm during the American Civil War. Photographers such as Alexander Gardner, captured images that depicted the rawness and destruction of war, but only after hostilities have subsided. (figure 1).
The popular process of the time was the wet plate collodion and photographers like Gardner used it. This process involves sensitising the plate in a darkroom. Once sensitised the plate needs to be used immediately to take a photograph and finally it needs to be processed promptly after exposure.
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...ty concerns. This limitation placed on media outlets forced them to use images such as figure 7. This was taken by Alexander Chadwick on his phone during the London bombings evacuation. As you can see in the image, Chadwick also captured another individual doing the same as him. This exemplifies the impact of camera phones have had on photojournalism in the documentation of conflict. This advancement makes anyone equipped with a phone, capable of taking a photograph or video a citizen journalist.
The internet has grown alongside the rise of the mobile phone, becoming a major source of instant connection within our global community. As it has become more user friendly, it too has become imbedded in every home. With the introduction of applications and websites such as Facebook, Instagram and Flickr, the time between capture and distribution has become instantaneous.
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