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Subject: [Leica] "The Death of Eddie Adams, The Death of War
From: bdcolen at (B. D. Colen)
Date: Mon Sep 27 15:42:47 2004

I believe that's the film to which I referred - "War Photographer." It
was an Academy Award nominee for best documentary. It was partially
filmed with a micro video camera set up attached to his camera, so we,
in effect, see what he is seeing.

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Bernard Degaute
Sent: Monday, September 27, 2004 9:33 AM
Subject: RE: [Leica] "The Death of Eddie Adams, The Death of War

B.D. wrote :

>I was struck by a couple things - The first being that Nachtwey eschews

>the official war photographer garb for neatly pressed white shirts, 
>clean, perhaps pressed jeans, and a minimum of gear. He is there to 
>photograph, not to be photographed while photographing. ;-)

Two years ago ,there was a film on ARTE TV about James Nachtwey. A small
camera was fixed on the hot shoe of his camera while another cameraman
was following him among ruins and bodies. A very interresting link (in
French -
sorry) at Another
at about

>The other thing is that there are a number of scenes in which the 
>subjects are quite clearly playing for the camera. It's not that he is 
>setting anything up, or indicating how he wants people to act. Rather 
>it's that they are very aware of his presence and of their role as 
>subjects. This was particularly true of some of the women in the part 
>in which bodies were being dug up and apparently identified. And it was

>also an evident factor in the scenes on the West Bank.
>Nachtwey does indeed seem very different from Capa in terms of 
>life-style and demeanor.

I agree - I'm now reading "Slighty out of focus" - to sum up it seems
that Capa was running between bar, girls, ... and battle fields, a very
different view of what appeared in the TV film about Nachtwey who seems
to be very "cold".


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