Since the invention of the first production camera, the Brownie, the world of the picture has grown at a feverish rate. Up until the mid-1800's images were relegated to the artist. Once negative film was perfected the use of the camera, still and motion, has been a key in capturing moments in time. From the Civil War through the first flight at Kitty Hawk to the first steps upon the moon, images were key in telling the story. Without them many important moments would have been lost forever.
We in today's society are bombarded with imagery. Images of life, images of death, images of family and friends, and images of historical events are some of the ways we see the world around us.
For American images of one of the most bloody pieces of history where adoring the newspapers of the times. This was the only way many Americans could see the Civil War. The horrors of war. The same is true for World War I. Only the images of that war was not just confined to the U.S. This was a global conflict and the brutality of war was seen by the millions. In World War II the image was expanded to include a growing new and exciting medium, the motion picture.
During the Vietnam War another new medium was feeding images of brutality and death world wide. The television was inundating the public with images of death and destruction on a nightly basis. Americans could not escape this night bombardments of not just the war but of society coming apart in this country. Yet millions of Amercians were glued to televisions and newspapers waiting for the latest installments of information from around the world.