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How Would Nachtwey Have Done This?

Exhumation at Hillah

I can’t help wondering how a different photographer, perhaps James Nachtwey, would have shot this particular image. I haven’t seen any other versions of this scene which see the menace of the back-hoe and the scurrying ant-like people. Would he have come closer, shown more interest in the man with the mask? To me, the man was simply one of many people, not the representative of the scene. The machine is the star of this picture, the monster in the middle.

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Someone like Kratochvil would have come closer, I think:

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Earlier Kratochvil (circa Broken Dreams) might not have tilted the image, but he might have put that big, blurred, frightened face in front.

Just a thought about the different ways one might capture the same scene.

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