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 Post subject: Combat Photography
PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2005 15:21 pm 
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This is a new sticky thread for the discussion of combat photography and photographers, their photographs, equipment and techniques - period and re-enacted.

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 Post subject: Top Photographers of WW2
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OK, just to get things going here, any suggestions for the best photographers of WW2, from any side? And your favourite examples of their photos?

Robert Capa was certainly the best-known US civilian photographer (despite actually being Hugarian!) but was he their best? Many think so. Known especially for his work on D-Day and the disastrous results suffered by his films in processing!

Bert Hardy was the chief photographer of Picture Post magazine, legendary for his shots of the Blitz, his pioneering low light photography and social documentary work. One of the best known photographers in the British Army Film & Photographic Unit.

What about German photographers? Italians? Soviets? Did the Japanese have combat photographers?

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Sorry baby photography isnt my bag baby, unless its 60’s Austin Powers style.
Yeh baby yeh.

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sorry Stuart i know you are serious about photography, i just couldnt help myself.

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I think you've lost your mojo, baby :lol:

Go buy a Nikon F if you want to re-enact Austin Powers...

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Sorry baby photography isnt my bag baby, unless its 60’s Austin Powers style.
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Hi Campbell,

I'd certainly vote with you on those for the US contribution, but there must be a lot more out there as good but not so well known in other nations' forces :D

I wonder who they are?

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For my money on the Allied side it would be Robert Capa for the D-Day images, and Joe Rosenthal of AP for the 23/02/45 photo on Iwo Jima.

Both historic moments in time.

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Hia Matey,
Did you get my PM concerning Eyemo...
Also.... I've Got Brit gear... can I be in your Gang? (sorry, you can't say that sort of thing anymore!!)

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PM'd you Seimon...

If you want to go AFPU you're more than welcome, there are few of us about doing it properly :D

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Hia Matey,
Did you get my PM concerning Eymo...
Also.... I've Got Brit gear... can I be in your Gang? (sorry, you can't say that sort of thing anymore!!)

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You might be glad to hear Practical Photgraphy have asked to do an artical on th Sennybridge FIBUA battle in November. I will have more details after the event so you can get the issue it will be in.


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Thanks, Jon.

Hope they do a better job than the first article.

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You might be glad to hear Practical Photgraphy have asked to do an artical on th Sennybridge FIBUA battle in November. I will have more details after the event so you can get the issue it will be in.

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Hi Smudger
This is an interesting strand.
For US press men in WWII, it meant they were recruited as officers (the US officers uniform of a Portsmouth newspaper reporter attached to the American is in the D-Day Museum at Southsea). British photographers appeared to be senior NCO's.
This sums up the different attitudes to the media at that time, by these two nations - something which still occurs, although in the case of Vietnam, it backfired on the Americans. Seeing the grissly truth, at the breakfast table, helped the US lose the Vietnam war.
I think of the list of US photographers, Lee Miller, should be right up there. She went were every man went and recorded the horror of the concentration camps. Some tremendous photography.
I've got a great book called 'The Russian War 1941-45' by Daniela Mrazkova and Vladimir Remes. It documents and credits the Russian photographers. It includes the partisans, Stalingrad and the taking of Berlin. Very evocative. Kozlov would love it.
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I am trying to get the equipment together for some field processing, but really could do with a basic reference. Is there such a thing that covers it . especially contact printing from larger formats Were civilian "ensign" tanks used or was there an equivalent?
Any pointers most welcome.

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What period, and what nationality.. :D

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Its good to know that there might be resources more specific than my original thoughts ( ie a very small section in something very broad.at best!)I was just searching for anything that existed ,at all, on field processing. With no mass advertising , manuals etc as in the Commercial and press spheres, I though it might be a bit sparse. hence my general rather than specific enquiry.
Howeverl.... I am aiming at '42, but imagine that there may not have been any dramatic leaps or changes over the period. Maybe some of my 14-18 stuff would still have been in use.? In the early 60s I had to work with a Huge Commercial Enlarger that Dallmeyer had supplied in 48.(..more than 8ft high and with counterweights that could have graced a small crane....just for half plates ) so I realise its an area that doesnt change very quickly.
I am not bothered about nationality as I would like to make comparisons between the differing equipment of the larger suppliers.
One of my researchs (8th Army) has shows a mention of the use of captured processing kit, but I have not been able to find out exactly what this comprised.its origins or manufacturers, although it seems there was no difficulty in using same.
So any direction would be quite useful. What have you ?

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I have mainly American pre ww2/ww2 cameras. From civilian 35mm to military Speed Graphics. I'm very interested in Movie cameras, have three Eyemos (Two that I' use), and a couple of 16mm Filmos. I have an US army WW2 period moblie darkroom,which is basically a fold out box but not contents. Most of my camera stuff hase been used by myself in period TV/fim productions, I've also supplied equipment for docos..

I do have a 1900s camera/enlarger I wish to sell though...

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Does your folding darkroom have the built in blackout cloth with the armholes at the front . I came across one of these and I think it was being used for processing xray films., but can't remember much else about it., except it was maybe not so portable. I have no idea what was inside it.

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