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- Cable In The Classroom (
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( The Power of Pictures: from "Reporting America At War")

Images of War 


From the Civil War to Wars in Iraq and the Mideast, photographic images have played a 
major role in how we perceive and understand conflicts. On this web site, we offer some of 
the still photos taken by photographers: some have been published in newspapers 
and online, some have not. (In addition, you will find resources related to previous
wars and more recent conflicts) 

As students consider photographs/video, they should keep in mind the following questions:

- who took the images and for what purpose?
- who/what is being shown? who/what is not being shown? why or why not?
- how might the current conflict restrict a photographer?
- are war photographers free to go where they want or are they accompanied by 
military personnel?
- how might the "embedding" of news personnel help/restrict our understanding?
- how might a specific photo/video be used to sway public opinion?
- has your local newspaper printed pictures of people injured or killed? If not, why not?

Lesson plan: The Impact of Images: Considering the Place of Photojournalism Today
Recommended reading: Media Literacy Skills: Interpreting Tragedy

                                       Exhibit educator guide:  War Photography: Images of Armed Conflict & Its Aftermath

See also: Grisly News Photos; Helping Kids Cope With Images; Images of War Dead; Torture PhotosWar Reporting/Resources; Visual Literacy; Is Seeing Believing?

IN THE NEWS: recent news articles
(listed chronologically; other background readings follow below)

How one photograph changed the course of history
The Delicate Handling of Images of War (Sept. 2013)

Images of Vietnam War That Defined an Era

Rare photos from the Vietnam War
AP Corrects Bataan Death March Photo Caption (March 2010)
Behind The Scenes: To Publish or Not (Sept 09)

Few in U.S. See Jazeera’s Coverage of Gaza War
Arab media portray Palestinians as courageous victims
Israel Puts Media Clamp on Gaza Online, Two Pictures of the Israeli Military
Frustrated reporters locked out of Gaza war zone/Foreign journalists barred from Gaza (Jan. 2009)
The Painful Images of War (NYT August 2008)
Hanging of Saddam Hussein: Media Deals With Images (Dec.2006)

A Chilling Photograph's Hidden History
Skepticism Rampant Over War ‘Fauxtography’
In Wars, Quest for Media Balance Is Also a Battlefield
Media Fatique
Is America watching a different war? (Democracy Now)
For Photographer, Lebanon a Different Kind of War
Photos: Lebanon: A Tale of Two Nations
Object Lessons: Photos That Open our Eyes to War (WP July 2006)
Video-sharing sites unfiltered images of war to the screen
Show Me The Bodies (NYT, June 2006)
Real or fake (National Journal, April 2006)
Military tightens use of electronic media (Sept.2005)
Gathering views images of U.S. war dead
(Aug. 2005)
Ethical double standard for war photographs? (July 2005)
Bosnian video of atrocities shakes families
(June 2005)
Prison Images (of Saddam Hussein) Raise Issues for World Media

Portrait of War: Unseen photos, untold stories (LA Times May 2005)
Not a pretty picture
: why won't US papers run graphic images (May 2005)
Readers and journalists discuss the value of graphic images in newspapers. (March 2005)
Images of War American Journalism Review (Oct/Nov.2004)
Panel: U.S. newspapers running more tragic photos in wake of 9/11
Selling War (propaganda exhibit)
TV images driving public discourse on war (May 2004)

To locate the latest photos: go to

War Poster Parody   1  2       

Other Sources of Images  from the War with Iraq      

ABC News Online: 
War In Iraq Photo Galleries

Guardian Unlimited (UK) 
Photo Gallery


Agence France Presse

Knight Ridder Tribune

Rex Features (UK) 

Army Times, 
Frontline Photos

Lycos War Photographs  Time 
What You See, What They See
Pictures of The Week
Associated Press
 (see The Day In Photos; Photo Week; Focus On Iraq)
United Press International
The Australian
Latest pictures
Nando Times World Photos US 
BBC News Photo Gallery Newsweek  War Images from The Age  
Images of War
New York Times

NYTimes News Service
War in Iraq 
Front Pages
ChannelNewsAsia NY Daily NewsPix Washington Post
CNN War In Iraq
Photo Gallery
New York Post World Photos
DefenseLink News Photos Orlando Sentinel Photo Gallery World Picture News
Financial Times Photos from Australia Yahoo News Photos  

Background Readings/Resources  

American Photography: Photography & War (PBS)
Lesson: "To Censor or Not To Censor? The Power of War Photos"
In this lesson students analyze photographs of a particular
20th century war and debate government censorship of photos
taken during wartime.

Committee to Project Journalists

Critically Viewing Photographs: Civil War, Lesson Plan

Digital camera exposes wartime brutality

Images of War: Combat Photography (1918-1971)

Images of War (Civil War) Lesson Plan

Images of War: WWII Posters

Journalists at War  

LA Times Admits War Photographer Altered Image      AP Story

Military Censorship of War Photographs

Militia's Other Weapons: Videos

Pentagon Lets Media See Return of US War Dead  (April 2009)

Photographer fired for taking photos of solider's caskets/controversy

Photoshopping from the Front Lines

Photo Wars (Mother Jones, May 2004)  Torture Photos

Shock value: Horror of terrorism playing on home TV screens

Still Photos Capture The War's Real Deal

Terrorists' visual warfare uses the media as weapon

Theatre of Combat (Art News March 2007)

The Spanish-American war, in Motion Pictures

Through the Camera's Lens: The Civil War in Photographs (Lesson Plan)

U.S., media fight battle of images

White House ban on photographs of slain soldiers questioned by many. 

War on Film (PBS: Art In The 21st Century)

War Photographer Warns of Censorship, Challenges

War Photography's Power Page 1  Page 2

War In Iraq: Coordinates Of Conflict (photographic exhibit)

Links to other war images:

Civil War Images World War I images World War II images Vietnam War images
Spanish Am War images

The Spanish Civil War and War Photography in the 1930s
Korean War images Gulf War images Georgia/Russian war images
(August 2008)

Recommended Texts/Videos

The Art of War: The Posters of World War II   (Elem-Middle School)

Hollywood Goes to War:
How Politics, Profits and Propaganda Shaped World War II Movies

Cameras on the Battlefield- Photos of War (Middle School)

BOLDPRINT  Images of War (High School)

Faces of The Enemy (video)
(available from California Newsreel)

Memories of WWII: Photographs from the Archives of the AP 
(2004)  ISBN: 0810950138

Civil War Photographers and Their Work: Portraits of War
Twenty First Century Books (1998)  ISBN: 0-7613-3019-4

Shooting Under Fire: The World of the War Photographer, Peter Howe,
Publisher: Arisan Sales;  ISBN: 1579652158

Page last updated: 03/16/2014