This guy was the DEAN of modern war photography. The discovery these negatives exist and that they are heading to a place where they can be properly preserved is great.
The article says he was a Communist who showed which side he favored in his work, and who staged pictures.
There are certainly journalists in modern times who follow similar practices--like the ones who broadcast terrorist propaganda films films (such as the one in which a terrorist tells his men in English not to attack, because of the harm to innocent people--even though hiding among civilians and fighting from hospitals was a standard strategy from the earliest fighting).
He may have shown great bravery, and gotten many excellent shots; the negatives may have great historical value. Still, I'd rather have read an example of a person who did not stage his photos, but rather took a fair sampling of whatever really happened.
Redwolf, however much you respect this pioneer, I have no doubt you hold yourself to higher journalistic standards. Your integrity shows in the restraint in your posts on some issues in which you and I personally disagree
Perhaps you'll be able to tell me that he advanced journalism in his day, and the standards have improved even more for quality journalism since then.
That raises an interesting point scholar: 'Can any man really be independent in his actions from his beliefs?'
One is tempted to mention the well known fraud of lemmings being filmed going over a cliff.....
It also says "and were known to photograph staged maneuvers, a common practice at the time." much the same as today's photographer "airbrushes"
or enhances photos as common practice.
You practice whatever is the "norm" of your time. It dosn't detract from the power or the value of the photography.
There were also claims that raising the flag on Iwo Jima had been staged. However, there is a film version taken at the same time which proves this to be not the case. second flag raising
Who cares whether some of the photos were staged or not! This is an exciting find and will shed some light on some lingering questions, and, no doubt, will raise many more! It's pleasing to see that they will now be accorded the same respect as many other "works of art".
There was an item about this on the 'Today' programme on BBC Radio4 this morning between 8.20am - 8.30am, anyone interested might want to 'Listen Again'.