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Photography needs war

Wrinkled old crones and beautiful girls are camera-friendly. So is war.

By Tom Streithorst  

Henri Huet, "The body of an American paratrooper killed in action in the jungle near the Cambodian border is raised up to an evacuation helicopter," Vietnam (1966) © Associated Press

What you take a picture of is irrelevant. The fine art photographer Emmett Gowin taught me that. No matter how poignant or beautiful the subject a photographer must consider shape and form, composition and lighting. A pretty face isn’t enough. This is great advice for an aspiring photographer but it happens to be deeply untrue. Some things…

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