The image was controversial for me because other pictures we have been exposed to that seemed truly authentic have not been and vice versa. However, Whelan provides both his own and other professional dissections of Robert Capa’s “Falling Soldier.” Alongside the proof of date of Federico’s death and location, Robert Capa’s location at time of photograph and Federico’s brother’s confirmation of person, Whelan provides a through rationalization. From the other soldiers’ stances to the location on the hill of Federico and how he may have been snuck up upon and fallen in such a manner. It seems extremely authentic in both explanation and proof. What stuck out to me was the analysis of the fingers curling upon a dying individual as opposed to the innate sense to put a palm open out to stop a fall.
Professor Sandra Cheng
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