War is Beautiful

Premiere DateMay 24, 2016
00:00 BTR Today
00:40 War is Beautiful
02:50 Captivating Images
07:14 Purpose of War Photos
11:45 More Gore
15:00 War at a Distance
18:39 Abstract Expression
23:09 Stay With the Trauma
27:08 A New Front Page
33:04 Finish

This Week:

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.


Host Thomas
Thomas grew up in Northern California where he fell in love with music and photography while going to punk shows and shooting skate photos. He photography in college, which may or may not qualify him to host an…