I do find Richard’s argument to be very convincing. Though, I first thought that the photo was staged, I came to the conclusion the photo is not. Capa caught the bullet hitting the body of the downed solider, right as he is falling to the ground. Critics would view this photo as staged, because of the angle in which the photo was taken, how the solider is dressed, and the way he is photographed hitting the floor. Not knowing, that this photo is photography at its best. Richard stated that the man in the photograph was in deed among the fatalities of the war, when discovery of the day the death occurred came to light. I honestly think authenticity of the photograph doesn’t matter. Once the message that needs to be portrayed gets out to the viewers, brings awareness, and touches someone’s heart then the job of the photographer is done.
Robert Capa took photos from the GI landing on D-Day, at the risk of his own life. I personally do not find Whelan’s argument convincing for simple reasons. The fact that Capa put his life on the line for photos that are credited enough to be on the front lines of an actual war says a lot. Why would he stage such a simple photograph in comparison to photographs he took on Omaha Beach? I do not think it was staged, its actually amazing how he got to take the photo Death of a loyalist soldier because in a matter of a second or two he might of missed it. I think some of Whelan’s alleged arguments has some mix ups with Bill Mauldin when he recalled a different photo that was similar which now makes the credibility of Capa’s photo questionable.
From Robert Whelan’s analysis of Robert Capa and his works, he did very good job to concluded every detail information about the photograph “Death of a Loyalist Solider”. All these arguments and detail evidences did convince me, and the photo is in fact not staged although many people disagree with it. I think authenticity matter a lot, especially nowadays because there are so many inauthentic works. We want the truth. But if I compare both the message and authenticity, I think message is lot more important. This is because the whole purpose of publish these works to the public is to send a message to people. Thus, if this photo “Death of a Loyalist Solider”, does its job of sending out message to public or telling the story. It finished its mission.
It only takes one picture. One picture can make the whole world question your authenticity. This may not be true for most of us, but it was and continues to be a question Robert Capa endured(s) before and after his death. Capa, known for his extensive work in war photojournalism photographed the death of a soldier during the battle at Cerro Muriano in 1936. But instead of being acknowledged for his “lucky shot” Capa’s photograph sparked controversy and backlash, where people until this day try to debunk and deem his photographed as a staged event. After reading Robert Whelan’s arguments for the authenticity of the photograph I still find myself feeling completely indifferent by Capa’s photograph. Whelan’s arguments are completely valid, Whelan offers us the perspective of a homicide detective who claims the authenticity of the photograph by analyzing the soldier’s body position. Whelan also gives us a timeline of Capa’s whereabouts and eyewitnesses of the event during the time the photograph was taken. But with all these arguments, I still will not budge. Death of a Loyalist Soldier shows us the devastating realities that war creates. Whether this photographed was staged or not it doesn’t make it less powerful or completely surreal. War is real and people die in war. Authenticity of an event doesn’t disenfranchise Capa’s work or the reality of the world at that period of time. Sometimes you need to create in order to spark change. In Whelan’s words Death of a Loyalist Soldier is “…perhaps the greatest war photograph ever made.”
I think Robert Whelan’s argument is very convincing. He explains everything in detail to prove that this infamous photograph by Capa was not staged. I think this picture is not staged , even though at first when i saw this photograph in class i thought it was staged but after reading Whelan’s argument I’m convinced that it is not. I do think the authenticity matters. Yes, even though if the photograph was staged it tells a story but to know that it is real and not staged lets the viewer connect with the story more. Another reason i believe this argument is because if Capa photographed pictures from GI landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day, risking his life there is a great chance he photographed this photograph of Death of Loyalist Soldier without staging it.
After reading the article “In Love and War” by Robert Whelan I’m still not convinced Robert Capa’s photo is fake. This is because nothing solid is being said to make the work unauthentic. Also in this case I don’t think authenticity is a big deal. I think staging a war zone is ok because of all the things that could go wrong while trying to capture war during a war. As long as the photographer is able to get their message across I’m ok as a viewer. Weather its fake or real Capa was able to showcase the horrors of war. It gave people who knew nothing about the look or feel of war a visualization of it was and as a critic I believe that is what really matters.
Richard Whelan’s arguments are extremely compelling because there’s no clear evidence that Robert Capa’s photograph was fake. Based on Whelan’s article and common knowledge of Capa’s photograph, I think the death of this soldier was real. The body position and the way the soldier falls before he hits the ground should be enough to convince viewers the authenticity of this photograph, and Whelan’s evidence should definitely be enough to prove that Capa’s photograph is real. The photograph’s authenticity probably doesn’t matter now because the Spanish Civil war was over a century ago and anyone who was living during that time is died, so there’s no physical prove of the soldier’s identity.
Having learned about multiple famous photographs that turned out to have been altered or faked puts me in a rather dubious state of mind when determining the legitimacy of Capa’s “Death of a Loyalist Soldier.” Alas, I am still on the fence unless concrete evidence comes to light. Whelan’s argument, though compelling, was not enough to convince me of the authenticity of the photograph. Of course, my judgement could be impaired since I’ve never seen a man shot first hand and know next to nothing about the crucible of war. Personally I don’t believe that the authenticity of the photograph matters, whether Capa arranged this photograph or not, the message was received by the public. I believe that the impact of a photograph matters more than the means of which it was taken. Capa sought to convey the horrors and hardships of war to viewers and he definitely succeeded in that regard. As Machiavelli said: “The ends justify the means.”
A article “In Love and War” by Robert Whelan talks about Robert Capa’s hard work which was photography during Spanish civil war. Whelan mention that “The Falling Soldier once again as an unquestioned masterpiece of photojournalism and as perhaps the greatest war photograph ever made.” I agree with him that this photography was really powerful and it’s not staged. People argue that the photography by Capa wasn’t real, they trying say shoulder didn’t get shot while he was taking the photograph. However, Whelan argue that Capa’s photography was real, he took the photographs during the war. I believe that the Capa’s photograph was real, it tell us the the story during the war and it’s look real, there is nothing like fake. A true photographer never do fake things.
Robert Whelan is the guy who wrote the analysis whether Robert Capa’s photo, Death of a Loyalist Soldier is true or not. He believes it is not staged and goes on to prove this by convincing readers of every detail and how it is not possible to be a fake. The photo in my opinion is a great example of the war at that time and is not fake. Authenticity matter to me and this photo is just that.