Part 3 Traces of Time – Project 2: A Durational Space – Robert Capa

 

Research and Reflection

Movement can be captured within a frame by freezing the motion of the subject utilising high shutter speeds. The opposite approach is to choose not to freeze the motion of the subject, to leave traces of motion within the frame.

There are many famous examples of motion within images.

Robert Capa’s Normandy Landings images are perhaps some of the best known images that document movement. These images are perhaps fortunately created in their iconic recording form due to the nature of the difficulties Capa is reported to have had at the time of capturing these significant times of war.

Images by Robert Capa (reproduced for educational purposes) Robert Capa – Magnum Photos

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FRANCE. Normandy. June 6th, 1944. US troops assault Omaha Beach during the D-Day landings (first assault).

 

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FRANCE. Normandy. June 6th, 1944. US troops assault Omaha Beach during the D-Day landings.

It could be stated that more is leant to the images by their highly grained and their capture of some movement blur due to their communicative capacities of the heavy duration of the Second World War and the gravity of the Normandy Landings in terms of loss and strategic significance.

 

 

 

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