Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Under Mars



A site called Under Mars is compiling digital photos taken by US soldiers in Iraq. It posts them as they're received - unedited and uncensored - along with captions from the photographers. Given government attempts to control the dissemination of imagery from Iraq, one can't help thinking that this site could be headed for trouble.

Here's what the sitemaster says about the project:

The goal of this site is exclusively to share photos of the experience of war, without politicizing, censoring, or editing....I have presented the captions as they were given to me and have not censored or edited them. I do not know what motivated their titling, nor have I asked, nor do I intend to. My goal is only to record them. These are extreme experiences and I make no claim to understand the feelings involved.
It's a fascinating site - with many powerful and sometimes beautiful images - but please note that some photos are extremely graphic, and disturbing beyond your worst nightmares.

10 comments:

janeboatler said...

Phila,

Thanks for pointing the way to this site. It is, I agree, a soon-to-be goner. Some of the images are, indeed, hard to look at, but we need to see the reality of war. The sanitized official version, in which we don't get to see coffins or wounded, is beyond unreality.

Cervantes said...

Here's another link that's been up for a long time. And of course, the corporate media could show us these pictures if they weren't going along with the censorship program:

Bring 'em on photo album

janeboatler said...

I am amazed that the link to this site did not lead to a greater response. I hope folks are linking to it even though they are not commenting. I think it is an important one to look at. I absolutely hate it that the administration tries to hide, as much as possible, the real images of war. We at home need to know what we are doing.

janeboatler said...

I am amazed that the link to this site did not lead to a greater response. I hope folks are linking to it even though they are not commenting. I think it is an important one to look at. I absolutely hate it that the administration tries to hide, as much as possible, the real images of war. We at home need to know what we are doing.

janeboatler said...

I am amazed that the link to this site did not lead to a greater response. I hope folks are linking to it even though they are not commenting. I think it is an important one to look at. I absolutely hate it that the administration tries to hide, as much as possible, the real images of war. We at home need to know what we are doing.

janeboatler said...

I am amazed that the link to this site did not lead to a greater response. I hope folks are linking to it even though they are not commenting. I think it is an important one to look at. I absolutely hate it that the administration tries to hide, as much as possible, the real images of war. We at home need to know what we are doing.

janeboatler said...

I am amazed that the link to this site did not lead to a greater response. I hope folks are linking to it even though they are not commenting. I think it is an important one to look at. I absolutely hate it that the administration tries to hide, as much as possible, the real images of war. We at home need to know what we are doing.

janeboatler said...

I am amazed that the link to this site did not lead to a greater response. I hope folks are linking to it even though they are not commenting. I think it is an important one to look at. I absolutely hate it that the administration tries to hide, as much as possible, the real images of war. We at home need to know what we are doing.

Anonymous said...

What happens here? I get an error message, so I try again because I think the comment didn't get through, then I end up with six posts. Sorry, sorry, sorry.

janeboatler said...

Phila,

Well, I thought you should have a lot of comments on this post, and now you do.

Cervantes, I looked at the pics on your link too. They're hard to take, but we need to see them.