Skulls Before Cities
The Mudville Gazette looks at the fine print in certain newspapers of record and finds what some of them really want is quality corpse photos.
Every once in a blue moon during the course of the war in Iraq a reporter authors a complaint that there just aren't enough photographs of corpses of American soldiers appearing in the news. Here's an example from the LA Times from March 2005. ... Today's New York Times says:Show Me The Bodies
FOR war photography, Vietnam remains the bloody yardstick. During the Tet offensive, on Feb. 9, 1968, Time magazine ran a story that was accompanied by photos showing dozens of dead American soldiers stacked like cordwood. The images remind that the dead are both the most patient and affecting of all subjects.
The Iraq war is a very different war, especially as rendered at home. While pictures of Iraqi dead are ubiquitous on television and in print, there are very few images of dead American soldiers. (We are offered pictures of the grievously wounded, but those are depictions of hope and sacrifice in equal measure.)
See, that's the problem. The grievously wounded are "depictions of hope and sacrifice in equal measure". If one could only get rid of the "hope" part and it would be just what the doctor ordered. All the news that's fit to print. All the corpses that are fit to display.