Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/05/28

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Subject: [Leica] The Horror, The Horror
From: mark at (Mark Rabiner)
Date: Fri May 28 18:11:49 2004

On 5/28/04 1:09 PM, "B. D. Colen" <> wrote:

> The fact that there have always been secret horrors doesn't mean that
> all the military - correction, specific individuals within the chain of
> command - are guilty of is stupidity for making a photographic record of
> said horrors.
> Actually, many of history's most horrific acts were recorded in great
> detail for posterity, because those committing the acts believed
> themselves to be on the side of the angels. Consider, for example, the
> Inquisition - there are voluminous, detailed records torture sessions;
> consider the photos of lynching, with the killers grinning for the
> camera; consider the anal retentive Third Reich; and on a far more
> mundane plane, consider Richard Nixon's taping of his Watergate
> conversations.
> What's different this time is the technology - digital cameras that are
> cheap enough for virtually every GI to carry, CD writers in laptops, and
> the internet to transmit them around the world.
> B. D.
Some people when they think of compact Leica 35mm precision made cameras
think of Nazi officers shooting pictures of the process of Jews being shot
lined up as the fall into a trench and laughing about it.
I wonder if some people had tape recorder hobbies who were documenting it
from that end. Documentary record keeping is such fun!

Mark Rabiner
Portland Oregon


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