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Museum paper #1 - A Pair of bound hands thrust upward and a...

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A Pair of bound hands thrust upward and a breathing hole Photographed by Max Desfor The initial impression while viewing this photograph was that of confusion. It was clear to me that a human life form ceased living as a result of the cruel hand of war, but it remained a mystery what it was that made this picture such a masterpiece. The hands protruding seemed to be limp and lifeless, an obvious sign that the body was killed, but lacked in a sense the usual and repetitive feeling that death is harsh and vulgar. The dead as presented by many other photographers is presented as a barbaric and destructive force that ends all. It shows the faces and the lifeless eyes staring out at nothing, and the injury that caused the death, revealing blood on and around the victim. The victim is always unclean and dirty, with imperfections smothering and choking all remaining hints of life left. Death in a war setting has been created to suggest certain emotions: grief, sorrow, anger, disgust, hate, pity, etc. The photo in front of me did not produce any of those emotions. I saw
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