When photos tell a lie

sparky

Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
4,077
Sydney
US Airman Bill Robinson shot during a mission over North Vietnam
this picture is made following classic Soviet propaganda standards , a picture is a message with several levels
first .......... the immediacy , a small militia girl holding a big vanquished enemy
second...... the context , a small and weak asian mastering a large white soldier from a powerful army
third .......... the message , we shall overcome our enemy no matter what the odds are because we are winners and they are losers

William ‘Bill’ Robinson was born on August 28th, 1943, in Roanoke Rapids, NC.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on November 22, 1961
After several assignments within the United States and a year tour to Korea,
Bill Robinson was assigned to the 38th Air Rescue Squadron from April 1965
until his helicopter crashed during a rescue mission over North Vietnam
he was captured and taken as a Prisoner of War on September 20, 1965.

he was the longest prisoner during the Vietnam war spending 2703 days in detention
 
US Airman Bill Robinson shot during a mission over North Vietnam
this picture is made following classic Soviet propaganda standards , a picture is a message with several levels
first .......... the immediacy , a small militia girl holding a big vanquished enemy
second...... the context , a small and weak asian mastering a large white soldier from a powerful army
third .......... the message , we shall overcome our enemy no matter what the odds are because we are winners and they are losers

William ‘Bill’ Robinson was born on August 28th, 1943, in Roanoke Rapids, NC.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on November 22, 1961
After several assignments within the United States and a year tour to Korea,
Bill Robinson was assigned to the 38th Air Rescue Squadron from April 1965
until his helicopter crashed during a rescue mission over North Vietnam
he was captured and taken as a Prisoner of War on September 20, 1965.

he was the longest prisoner during the Vietnam war spending 2703 days in detention
Reminds me of that Christian Bale movie 'Rescue Dawn'
 
Oct 2013
13,786
Europix
That wasn't a still photo, it was a video where a still frame was later taken and published for print media.
ure, but that still is the most famous image of the event. I'm not sure how the event was reported at the time, but certainly now, after so many years, many people aren't aware that the video exists.
?!?

Guys, You either didn't looked at the photo, either didn't looked at the video!

One hasn't to be some sort of a specialist to realize that the photo cannot come from the video. It's way too obvious!
 
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Guys, You either didn't looked at the photo, either didn't looked at the video!

One hasn't to be some sort of a specialist to realize that the photo cannot come from the video. It's way too obvious!
Quite right. The photo was taken by Eddie Adams and video was shot by a South Vietnamese cameraman of NBC. The video was shot over the shoulder of Adams. Also exactly during the shot, an ARVN soldier walks by in front of the camera. Therefore that very fateful moment was caught only on the photo. Hence the particular importance of the photo.
 

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