Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/03/24

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Subject: [Leica] my 2 cents on the Capa ?
From: paul at (PHC)
Date: Fri Mar 24 05:15:03 2006
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Well put Harvey. I agree completely. The question seems to have become 
one of believers and non-believers which seems a little bizarre since, 
as you point out, we'll never know.


Paul Hardy Carter
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On 23 Mar 2006, at 19:08, Arche, Harvey wrote:

> It seems impossible to ever know for sure, once the question was 
> raised,
> whether or not the "falling soldier" photo was staged. Like Pandora's
> box, by posing the question a doubt is created that can't be stuffed
> away. I'm not qualified to research the matter myself, and am unwilling
> to trust the agendas of those who are.
> I honestly believe, however, that in the years following that
> photograph, Capa went on to develop into one of the very finest photo
> journalist/war correspondents that ever lived. I think he was a
> dedicated and courageous man of profound convictions, who was driven by
> a righteous outrage at the horror of war to expose it with an
> unflinching eye for the truth.
> In understanding his motivation for this passion, I would like to think
> that perhaps this one photograph is of central importance. There is no
> question that it established his reputation and kicked off his career.
> If it was faked, might not a man of his conscience be moved to spend 
> the
> rest of his life honestly earning the credibility it gave him? And if 
> it
> wasn't faked, might not a man of equal conscience be moved to spend the
> rest of his life earning the credibility that came at the expense of
> another's life? Either possibility squares with me.
> Arche
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