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HomeContentsThemes > Korean War (1950-1953)

Warning: The photographs within this theme and the sections on individual wars are of a graphic and violent nature - if you are sensitive to these issues then you should not view this theme.
Disclaimer: This section of the website uses examples from wars and rebellions to highlight the works of photographers - this is not to make a political point but to appreciate that there are different global perspectives on each event. If there is a general point it is about the inhumanity of war.
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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.

Major photographers

  • David Douglas Duncan
  • 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 in the 7 October 1950 copy of 'Picture Post'.
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