The interests of photographers changed as their social perspectives reflected those of an increasingly aware society at large - they were interested in the military action but also out the civilian consequences of it. The futility and cruelty of war now went alongside the 'heroic' and this has played an increasingly important role on how photographers are allowed access to military areas. The book This is War by David Douglas Duncan focused on the action and retreats of the Korean War which fought in horrendous conditions into a bitter stalemate.
Bert Hardy covered the war for Picture Post in the UK and was at the Inchon landing on the evening of 14 September 1950 with journalist James Cameron. They told the story of the largest invasion since the D-Day Normandy landings of the Second World War in the 7 October 1950 copy of Picture Post.