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War Photographer by Carol Ann Duffy

Presentation about Carol Ann Duffy's poem 'War Photographer' for iGCSE English Literature by Mr Anderson

John Anderson

on 12 March 2013

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Transcript of War Photographer by Carol Ann Duffy

Problematic nature of photographing victims of war
Necessity for communicating information
Unethical to callously photograph the dying without assisting them
Dangers of society becoming immune to shocking images At the time 'War Photographer' was written, Duffy was friendly with Don McCullin and Philip Jones Griffiths, two very well-respected war photographers

What interested her was the difficult decisions they have to make while taking pictures in a war zone. Carol Ann Duffy:
'Those photographs are in the background but I'm more interested in the photographer... in the dilemma of someone who has that as a job... to go to these places and come back with the images.' 'The editor's evaluation between a good photograph and a bad photograph can be different from the photographer's... I would perhaps choose images that an editor wouldn't... because I remember all the associations connected to that photograph... it may just be a body, but I might know whose body that is.’
(Ken Guest – Passwords, Channel 4, 1998) Duffy's poem explores what makes someone do the job of a war photographer, and how they feel about being in situations where a choice often has to be made between recording horrific events, and helping. The photos we see in Sunday newspapers, on websites, posters or headlines, are taken by real people.

These people place their lives in danger, to help us visualise the horrors of war across happening across the world today.

What kind of person will put themselves at so much risk just to take photographs? Do you think money is their only reason? Photojournalism While you watch this video, make notes about the following points: What makes photojournalism different to other kinds of reporting? What are photojournalists trying to achieve through their photographs? How do the issues identified here help us understand the poem "War Photographer"? References:
YouTube: "Power of Photojournalism 1/2"
Google Image Search: "War Photographer
http://mrproffitt.wikispaces.com/War+Photographer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Which of the following examples of photojournalism do you find most
emotive / powerful / thought-provoking / shocking? What is the meaning of "War Photographer"? ...others are more unusual... ...some are almost beautiful... Millions of photographs must have been taken in the last century... ...some show the impact of war on soldiers... ...many show the horrific impact of war on civilians. War Photographer By Carol Ann Duffy Structure
Make notes on the structure of the first verseIs this continued throughout? Why?
4 stanzas6 lines per stanzaRegular rhyme scheme – ABBCDD, etc.
WHY?Imposes order in the chaos of warLike the photographer – order with the photos, trying to make sense of the chaos Follow the Link with your ipad’s browser or QR Code reader: Uriel Sinai - Photojournalist Its not easy to take pictures of real conflict... ...I look at it as a price I have to pay. ...but these stories have to be told. In these photos you can really see human nature and it's frightening... Starter Task Complete the paragraph you started last lesson about which War Photo you find most shocking/emotional/thought-provoking. When finished, on each Post-it you have write a word to describe your reactions to the photo you chose and stick it on the board. Include the photo number and your initials. Collect an ipad, your book and your anthology then log on to the Prezi. When finished, stick your post-its on the board
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