They love to get “the shot” in the line of fire to make everyone realize that what is the actual description of human condition when violence prevails. TopYaps presents a list of ten war photographers who positively depicted the “negative” process with thrilling intensity.
10. Dickey Chapelle:
Better known for snapping one of the most thrilling moments of World War II and the Vietnam War, Dickey Chapelle was an eminent war photographer of National Geographic magazine. Fond of travelling with troops, she was once imprisoned for more than seven weeks during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. She was killed in Vietnam on November 4, 1965, when an explosive detonated and injured her fatally. She became the first American female reporter to be killed in battlefield.
9. Philip Jones-Griffiths:
Globally admired for depicting the actual face of Vietnam War, Philip Jones-Griffiths is also known for being an unparalleled journalist and a great humanitarian. He started his career in 1961, as a freelance photographer for the “The Observer” and in 1966, he was sent to Vietnam by “Magnum” agency to cover the warfare.
8. Tim Hetherington:
After studying English literature from Oxford University and photojournalism from Cardiff, this daredevil war photographer approached the Second Liberian Civil War where he and his one colleague became the only foreign reporters to live behind rebel lines. Notable for directing “Restrepo,” a documentary based on the gruesome tale of Afghanistan War, Hetherington was killed on April 20, 1911, in a mortar attack by Moammar Gaddafi’s forces while covering the Libyan Civil War of 2011.
7. Don McCullin:
Starting his career as a photographer for “The Observer,” Don McCullin came to prominence after snapping some hard-hitting moments of the Vietnam War and the Northern Ireland Conflict. During the Falklands War, the British Government refused to provide him press pass. It was speculated that McCullin’s images might create political imbalance for the Thatcher Government.
6. Mathew Brady:
One of the most celebrated war photographer and often referred as the father of photojournalism, Mathew Brady will be be always remembered in journalism arena for documenting the American Civil War on a grand scale. In 1862, he was admired by entire America for presenting some heart-wrenching photographs of the “Battle of Antietam” in an exhibition. It is a matter of fact that this legendary photographer went bankrupt during his last days and died penniless in the charity ward of a hospital in New York.
5. Margaret Bourke White:
The first female war correspondent of journalistic realm, Margaret Bourke White began her career as a staff photographer for the “Life” magazine. During World War II, she travelled to the Soviet Union, Germany, Italy and other countries amid fierce fighting. Her colleagues used to call her as “Maggie the Indestructible.” Due to Parkinson’s disease, she decelerated her career and eventually in 1971, she died in a hospital of Connecticut.
A notable American photographer of World War II, Joe Rosenthal’s iconic photograph “Raising the Flag on Iwo” is so far considered as one of the most powerful snaps of warfare. After graduating from University of San Francisco, he joined the Associated Press (AP) and accompanied the United States Marine Corps in “Pacific Theatre of Operations.”
3. Peter Arnett:
A reverend figure in the history of photojournalism, Peter Arnett’s archive includes some of the horrendous photographs of Vietnam War as well as the Gulf War. He is also notable for interviewing Osama Bin Laden in March, 1997. In 2003, he covered the U.S. invasion on Iraq for National Geographic and NBC.
2. Alexander Gardner:
Gardner was a Scottish photographer who later moved to the United States and became a staff photographer for the commander of the “Army of the Potomac.” This prominent war photographer had photographed the “Battle of Antietam,” “Battle of Gettysburg,” “Battle of Fredericksburg” and other important battles that changed the course of history.
1. Robert Capa:
The great grandfather of all photojournalists and a man of sheer determination, Robert Capa is well known for covering five different wars: Spanish Civil War, First Indochina War, World War II, 1948 Arab-Israeli War and Second Sino-Japanese War. He was fond of risking his life for taking snaps from bloodiest battles. On May 25, 1954, Capa was in Southeast Asia to cover the first Indochina War. While photographing, he mistakenly stepped on a landmine and died of fatal injuries.