Homework 4

I am certain the photo Falling Soldier by Robert Capa is real. From my observation, I know for a fact that certain things cannot be re-enacted. One observation was the fact that the soldiers legs were positioned in a falling motion that could not be staged. The fall looked completely inevitable and he looked as if his life was leaving his body through his legs. Another observation was the positioning of the gun. This could not possibly be fake because the gun was falling out of the soldiers hand. If this photo was staged, the soldier would have a better grip on the rifle. For example in the staged “Home of a Rebel Sharpshooter” by Gardener the gun was positioned upright to show the soldier died with dignity. Another observation is the simple falling position . The soldier was falling in mid air as if the bullet caught him off guard and took his balance. This could not be staged because the impact of the fall would hurt the actor or actress. A part in the article that can furthermore support my idea is that there was proof that Capa was there at that point in time to capture this photo. Capa had an alibi. When it comes to photography it is easy to fabricate now a Days but this photo is certainly real.

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