Thursday, October 20, 2011
For those who don't know, former Libyan leader has been killed. There's the obligatory bloody trophy shot, captured on cellphone video and flashed around the globe (The Atlantic has a comprehensive selection of images including the kill shot), but I'm more interested in the profusion of photographs from the warzone. In one compelling shot (above), a rebel fighter serenades his comrades as they fight a pitched street battle. In nearly all photographs, fighters record each other with camera phones and lightweight digital cameras (see two examples below). These are examples of battle being performed as it's executed, the ultimate example of the 'Rambo syndrome' that sees fighters worldwide modeling themselves on Sylvester Stallone's caricature of masculinity.
Update - see this post on Conscientious on the believability quality of cellphone footage.