[lit-ideas] Re: why pictures

  • From: John Wager <johnwager@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 09 May 2004 21:55:28 -0500

Photos have the power to humiliate, but they also have the power to 
remind us of our humanity. I took hundreds of photos in Vietnam when I 
was in the Infantry, and sometimes I think just my taking them was 
enough to remind the people around me that someone had a camera and was 
recording what we were doing and that they should think twice before 
doing stupid things. In part it depends on who's holding the camera, and 
In Vietnam, some guys had "Instamatics" that they took photos of dead 
enemy with. War doesn't feel real. (It doesn't feel much at all, 
sometimes.) So photographs are at least evidence to the person who took 
them that, yes, this really DID happen.

JulieReneB@xxxxxxx wrote:

>Okay, I just read this....
><<"The evidence suggests that cameras were part of the interrogation 
>process," said Hersh, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his article on the My Lai 
>massacre during the Vietnam War. 
>"One of the ways you could get more leverage was shame, humiliation, to 
>threaten to show these photos to neighbors, others.">>
>Julie Krueger
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