Side note | Site Note
I have been planning to write this for weeks. Ever since I came back from my Christmas holiday, I had been in some jam of one sort or another. Firstly, I had been superbusy, juggling work and my ever-deteriorating relationship. Moreover, as I noted before, there is iconicity shortage in air–the very notions of decisive moment or iconic image are challenged by the plethora of photos and videos we see each day online, while I feel increasingly unsure what to post after some 600 of them. Another development is that I had been contacted by some heirs of some photographers to take down some posts.
The primary purpose of this post is to ask you to name photos that you deem iconic (provided that the photo has not been covered by this blog). I know I haven’t covered some really famous photos–Rosenthal’s Iwo Jima one, because so much had already been written about it, and some more (Batterments’s Grief, Leibowitz’s Lennon) because they had always been on my back-burner. Currently, I would like to hear the audience’s import. For those who lived through a pre-internet age, the images can be more poignant and memorable, and I would like to hear what their ‘iconic’ memories are.
A. S. H.
Calais. February 21st 2010.