I need your help. I’m trying to write an essay, and I’ve chosen myself a subject and title that there doesn’t seem to be a lot of research on. Which was daft.
So here I am doing a bit of research myself – by asking you all for an opinion. My title is going to be something on the lines of
Does a light-hearted recreation of an iconic photograph compromise the power of the original image?
My main example is Eddie Adam’s 1968 photograph from the Vietnam War, showing the execution of a Vietcong Guerilla by a South Vietnamese General.
Adams was awarded a Pulitzer prize for the photograph, which was seem as instrumental in changing public opinion about the war and helped lead to the American withdrawal from the conflict.
When researching an entirely different assignment, I came across this by Mike Stimpson
and have since found many other renditions of the original, which can be found by clicking here.
But while there may, perhaps, be something inappropriate or distasteful about treating such a serious photo with a humorous touch, I’m no closer to answering my essay question. So I’m throwing it open to anyone who reads this…
What do you think? What’s your reaction to seeing Stimpson’s Lego version, or any of the others? Seeing these recreations, do you feel any differently about the original?
And any other comments you care to make. Seriously, I’ve not got a lot to work with here and I have an essay due in next week.
(Note: I should state that I love Mike Stimpson’s work, and that he is aware that I’m using his photo as an example for this essay.)