[Update July 10, 2004: It turned out that finally some/most of the images presented by one or more moblogging soldier at Yafro as a private image taken by himself/themselves, were probably stolen; very often from professional photojournalists. Explanation here. We tried to assign a proper copyright to all photos of doubtful origin.]
[Update July 11, 2004:
This selection from Yafro showed initially 15 images.
Images probably stolen: No. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
Images that MIGHT be of personal/private origin: No. 3, 7, 8
Images of doubtful origin: No. 4
Special Remark Image No. 14: reading the comment, this image appears to be a private one. But we saw other photos from one profess. photojourn. showing the same location]
See also: "WHO DELIVERS THE ICONIC WAR IMAGES - PROS OR AMATEURS?"
and this: "Iconic War Images"
Here are some of the best images. They have an image language of their own we like to discuss later. We have yet no evidence if they are censored or not. Click on the images to enlarge them. Copyright holders are the particular soldiers. Totally there are about 200-250 images@Yafro from moblogging US soldiers.
This is adding another kind of "telling a story" with a whole new meaning to annal-writing than there had been before.
"i took this picture before i came out here it was taken on a film camera double exposure on the same slide of film but this photo takes on a whole new meaning for me and some others here for the men that look like ghosts"
"we had 5 soldiers killed on wensday this is not a picture of it i am not going to post a picture of it untill i have edited it they were rideing in a m-113 that is the track vechial in the picture that is right in front of the camera the insurgents used 400 pounds of c-4 and when it went off it blew that armored m 113 into nothing 5 were killed instantly and one was criticley wounded the blast crater was 10 feet deep and 20 ft wide the good thing is that the guys who were killed never knew that they had been hit it was so quick i hope it is like that for me"
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"The average age of an American infantry soldier is 19 years. He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country..." (continue reading)
[A New Kind of Modern Communication, hand-written, in the Times of Hightech Wars: the soldiers got digicams, email and blogs, their officers a pencil and a piece of paper]
"This is kinda funny. It's a sign our battalion put up months ago when there were a lot of rumors about capturing Saddam at that time. "
(Saturday, May 8, 2004 5:07:01 AM)
"i know i havent posted in awhile and didnt finish posting the pics i was going to but we have been busy this week has been eventful on sunday we (our camp) was mortared wich is not an uncommon occerance in itself but this time the rounds (6) hit 2 diffrent motor pools and we had 25 injured 6 killed to say the least it was a very sureal experiance but it also got me thinking i have lost count of the times i have seen or done things that you would think would screw with a persons mind but..." (continue reading)
[Update July 10, 2004: It turned out that finally some/most of the images presented by one or more moblogging soldier at Yafro as an image taken by himself/themselves, were probably stolen; very often from professional photojournalists. Explanation here. We tried to assign a proper copyright to all photos of doubtful origin.]