Author(s): Jean Hood
This timely illustrated book presents a lively discussion concerning the role of the war correspondent, news gathering in a war zone, and the influence of technology on war reporting. It examines themes of propaganda, censorship and responsibility, and the impact of those iconic front line despatches or photographs over the last century that have crystallised the public perception of the war zone. The book unfolds chronologically and each chapter focuses on the medium that defined the conflict - from the age of print (the First World War) to the rise of radio (Spanish Civil War), the multimedia war (the Second World War), the war in colour (Vietnam and the Falklands) and the modern digital age (the second Gulf war and the war in Afghanistan). Each section includes several feature spreads in which an individual object from the exhibition - a photograph or artefact - is fully profiled. The book concludes with a discussion between a group of contemporary reporters, TV directors, photographers and artists about their personal experiences, the demands of the job and the effects of changing media technology on the very idea of the war correspondent.
A fascinating, wide-ranging account of a truly remarkable group of people, involved in gathering news from the frontline of war, beautifully illustrated with black-and-white prints, colour reportage, and the best examples of war art.
"An excellent book...stunning photographs." Tribune Magazine
Jean Hood is a former Information Officer for Lloyd's Register of Shipping, where her role involved answering queries concerning merchant ships past and present from a range of international clients. Her first book, Marked for Misfortune, narrated the story of the loss of the East Indiaman Winterton in 1792. She then wrote a volume on the history of Trafalgar Square before returning to naval history with two titles for Conway; Submarine and Wreck. ... read more on our website.