The Lengths We Go to Kill One Another
The New York Times Mid-Week Pictorial was among the international pioneering publications of photojournalism and pictorial commentary. Photography changed the way we received our news and saw the world. There were still illustrator-journalists, but the photographs that came from new portable film cameras made the world much more vivid. It also made warfare somewhat more palatable (unless you were in it).
These pages from September 1915 are only a few of the reams of coverage sent back from the battlefields, towns, cities, bodies of water and air where the Great War—the First World War—was being played. The evidence of carnage was in focus. The lengths that nations went to kill their own and their enemies were extraordinary. And these are the acceptable images. Just think about the ones on the cutting room floor.
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About Steven Heller
Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →