Quotes July 29, 2022

Religious wars are basically people killing each other over who has the better imaginary friend.
Napoleon Bonaparte
 
 
 
 
It became the middle finger I couldn’t raise in PR photographs. The mustache became my silent last word in the verbal battles I was losing with higher headquarters on rules, targets, and fighting the war.
Robin Olds (July 14, 1922 – June 14, 2007) was an American fighter pilot and general officer in the United States Air Force.
 
 
 
 
For me, the strength of photography lies in its ability to evoke humanity.
If war is an attempt to negate humanity, then photography can be perceived as the opposite of war.
James Nachtwey
 
 
 
 
The war photographer’s most fervent wish is for unemployment
Robert Capa
 
 
 
 
Sweat more in practice, bleed less in war.
Robin S. Sharma
 
 
 
 
… the blinding Hiroshima flash… literally photographed the shadow cast by beings and things, so that every surface immediately became war’s recording surface, its film.
Paul Virilio
 
 
 
 
I will be remembered when I’m in heaven.
People won’t remember my name, but they will know the photographer who did that picture of that nurse being kissed by the sailor at the end of World War II. Everybody remembers that.
Alfred Eisenstaedt
 
 
 
 
The photographs of one dead terrorist mastermind carry no real news or information about the nature or horror of war. They just create sensation instead of deeper understanding.
Philip Gourevitch
 
 
 
 
I would that my photographs might be, not the coverage of a news event, but an indictment of war – the brutal corrupting viciousness of its doing to the minds and bodies of men; and, that my photographs might be a powerful emotional catalyst to the reasoning which would help this vile and criminal stupidity from beginning again.
W. Eugene Smith
 
 
 
 
With chemical film, it was possible to alter photographs, but you had to be an expert. That’s not true any more. The LA Times fired a photographer at the beginning of the Iraq War for editing two shots together. Photography is crumbling. Certainly it is for the newspapers a bit now, isn’t it? There will be painting again, absolutely!
David Hockney
 
 
 
 
In this first testing ground of the atomic bomb I have seen the most terrible and frightening desolation in four years of war. It makes a blitzed Pacific island seem like an Eden. The damage is far greater than photographs can show.
Wilfred Burchett
 
 
 
 
I remember when I was in the prisoner camp, I was a French prisoner.
And I saw the first photograph from the concentration camps, and we discussed it with other prisoners. And our feeling was we did not only lose the war, we lost also our honor.
Manfred Rommel
 
 
 
 
… I think it is fair to say that all war photographers hide behind their cameras. I hid behind mine for years and years and years. It was a shield… I think that the photographer in combat has a greater protection than the soldier who has a rifle in his hand. That camera has unbelievable protective power.
Carl Mydans
 
 
 
 
My father had wanted to be a commercial artist.
He got as far as being a photographer in the army in World War II, but he was always a Sunday painter. At a certain point, he gave me his oil paints and I messed around with them, having no idea what I was doing.
David Salle
 
 
 
 
When you’re photographing anything to do with war and conflict you’re photographing something impossible. Everything you do is just clumsy and stupid and half witted. Because it is impossible to portray the full width and breadth of everything that you are up against.
Simon Norfolk
 
 
 
 
I certainly don’t mean to suggest that all investigative journalism prior to 9/11 in the US was praiseworthy. But there were more examples to which one could point, and there were at last some activist photographers who understood that getting information into the public sphere in spite of military censorship was a right and obligation within democracy. That strain in war journalism did nearly vanish during that time.
Photographs can be forms of recruitment, ways of bringing the viewer into the military, as it were. In this way, they prepare us for war, even enlist us in war, at the level of the senses, establishing a sensate regime of war.
Judith Butler