Writer David Shields talks about his book War Is Beautiful: The New York Times Pictorial Guide to the Glamour of Armed Conflict. In the book, David presents a selection of New York Times front-page conflict images to make the case that war photographs — as seen in the Grey Lady — are aestheticizing the horrors of war. Whether you agree with David’s thesis or not, the book poses important questions about the purpose of war photography, the authority of big media institutions, and our relationship to violent images in a photo-saturated culture.
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