From the book Photojournalism- Life Library of photography. Page 30.
Bill Eddpridge was a photojournalist from America working for Life magazine. This image of Robert F. Kennedy was his most well known piece of work which was taken in June 1968. This image documents a massive moment in American history, the second Kennedy brother to be assasinated in less than five years.
In this image we see the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy lying on a kitchen floor in the Ambassador Hotel. He has just been shot three times, one shot to the head. He is lying in a pool of his own blood with one hand extended out to the side. We see him in his suit as he had just finished addressing the public to thank them for their resent support in the California primary election which he won. His head is being supported and raised by a busboy who worked in the hotel, he was the last person he shock hands with before the shooting began. The bus boy is dressed in his kitchen uniform which is instantly recognisable. We can see in the background that he is still surrounded by the crowd.
The contrast is what is the most moving about this image. We see Kennedy in the most vulnerable position anyone could image to be in. He is being comforted by someone who moments before felt lucky to be shaking his hand and excited to meet him. Kennedy is dressed very formally in his shirt and tie, highlighting to anyone looking at this image with no information about it that he is a very important and wealthy person. The busboy uniform of his comforter shows someone from the opposite side of the spectrum. This sends home the message that these trival differences are irrelivant in such dire circumstances.
60 Years of Photojournalism, page 84
This image is by photographer Filp Schulke.
In the foreground of this image we see a couple in mourning at the Berlin Wall, they are standing on the West side of the wall looking over to the East. The man, who is dressed all in black, has his arm around the woman who is dressed in a light coloured jumper and a darker navy skirt. She is nuzzling her head into his neck for comfort. They are standing beneath a large wooden cross that appears to have barbed wire hanging on it in a style thats reminiscent of a wreath. In the foreground the message "Those who attack the GDR will be destroyed" has been threateningly painted on the side of an East Berlin building. In the background we see
Compositionally this image is interesting as the couple is positioned in the right third and the woman's head is in line with the large cross. They work as a leading line to the message on the wall which reinforces the source of the couples misery.
Its very moving to see the misery from the free side of the wall. The image has been taken in black and white which is due to the time period and style of camera he would have had. The black and white feature evokes nostalgia in the viewer.
National Geographic, page 32
Photographer Francis Latreille
This image is from the May 2009 National Geographic, it is one of the images for their main feature regarding the article "Ice Baby" written by Tom Muller and photographed by Francis Latreille.
We see two men carrying a wooden crate carrying the ancient carcass. The man at the front is dressed in a red anorack and blue jeans. He wears clear gloves on his hands, the medical style of the glove suggests he isn't wearing it for warmth but rather for handling the carcass. The man at the back is dressed in a cream anorack, blue jeans and a fur black hat. He also wears the gloves for moving the animal. The negative space around them is all white from the snow. We can see that they are in an area with heavy snow fall as there is an area that has been raised behind them.
The main subject is taking up the majority of the image with each part of it in every third. The photographer has held his camera up above to gain an interesting perspective of the men and be able to capture as much of the elephant as possible.
National Geographic, page 14
This image was taken by photographer Gretchen Gann who is from Austin, Texas who was voted audience favourite by ngm.com.
In this image was see five very young children watching the smoke erupting from the Concepcion volcano on the Nicaraguan island. The children are positioned in the right third of the image in the foreground. We see that they have positioned chairs so that they can sit and watch this happen. Three of the five are sitting on the chairs while the other two appear to be trying to get a better look by standing on the stools. Surrounding them are two old, run down buildings. They have brick walls and tin roofs, these buildings are likely the homes of the children as there are washing lines connected to them. In the foreground there are a selection of trees, all different shades of green, leading to the volcano itself.
One thing that is sticking to me about this photograph is that the children have decided to arrange seats to watch this natural event occur. It makes me wonder if children in the western world would be interested in watching this or too consumed by their electronic consoles.
I would speculate that the photographer set up her camera with a wide angle lens and using a tripod to limit the amount of shake.