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WAR IS BEAUTIFUL: THE NEW YORK TIMES PICTORIAL GUIDE TO THE GLAMOUR OF ARMED CONFLICT. David Shields. PowerHouse Books, Brooklyn, 2015. Distributed by Penguin Random House LLC, New York. 112 pp. with 67 col. ills. 24 x 30 cm. LC 2015-940384 ISBN 9781576877593 In English.
Publisher's description: Best-selling author David Shields analyzed over a decade's worth of front-page war photographs from The New York Times and came to a shocking conclusion: the photo-editing process of the paper of record, by way of pretty, heroic, and lavishly aesthetic image selection, pulls the wool over the eyes of its readers; Shields forces us to face not only the the media's complicity in dubious and catastrophic military campaigns but our own as well. This powerful media mouthpiece, the mighty Times, far from being a check on governmental power, is in reality a massive amplifier for its dark forces by virtue of the way it aestheticizes warfare. Anyone baffled by the willful American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan can t help but see in this book how eagerly and invariably the Times led the way in making the case for these wars through the manipulation of its visuals. Shields forces the reader to weigh the consequences of our own passivity in the face of these images opiatic numbing. The photographs gathered in War Is Beautiful, often beautiful and always artful, are filters of reality rather than the documentary journalism they purport to be.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — United States — Post-2000 — Photography
Plans: 73,54
Worldwide Number: 168371
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