Andrew has a keen interest in all aspects of poetry and writes extensively on the subject. His poems are published online and in print. War Photographer is a poem that focuses on a man who is in the process of developing his latest batch of images from his latest war. He is in a darkroom, a place where chemicals meet to produce photographic images. Carol Ann Duffy was inspired to write this poem, first published in in her book Standing Female Nude, by her photographer friend recently returned from a war-torn foreign country. In it she contrasts the quiet moments of the developing process at the home of the photographer with the horrific scenes abroad in the war, any war, that are about to become black and white images, ready for publishing in a glossy Sunday supplement.
For more than three decades, photojournalist Ron Haviv has covered wars and unrest across five continents. One of his first international assignments was covering the coup attempt in Panama. Why would you think that? It just seems ridiculous.
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