Keywords

World War II, photojournalism, mutualism, photography

Abstract

As American combat photographers documented the horrors and heroism of every front of World War II, photo editors worked behind the scenes to bring their images to publication. Matching photographers with assignments and selecting images that best told the story--all while navigating censorship, publication expectations, and intercultural societal norms--the photo editor was indispensable to the combat photographer. The partnership of Robert Capa and Elmer W. Lower exemplified such a mutualistic relationship. Whether serendipitous, as it was early in the war when Lower provided assistance in exchange for Capa's photos, or calculated, as it was later in the war when both were employed by Life magazine, their experience exemplifies the mutually beneficial relationship of war photographers and their editors.

Original Publication Citation

Holiday, H. and Cressman, D. "What Deepest Remains: How Photojournalistic Mutualism Between Robert Capa and Elmer W. Lower Shaped Modern Concepts of World War II." American Journalism Vol 33 (no. 4) Fall 2016 Routledge http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08821127.2016.1241644

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2016-8

Publisher

Routledge

Language

English

College

Fine Arts and Communications

Department

Communications

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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