World War II, photojournalism, mutualism, photography
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
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Holiday, Steven and Cressman, Dale L., "What Deepest Remains: How Photojournalistic Mutualism Between Robert Capa and Elmer W. Lower Shaped Modern Concepts of World War II" (2016). Faculty Publications. 4485.
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