Saturday, January 6, 2018

War and Peace: Korea, 1950

1950. Somewhere in South Korea. This is one of those images that raises more questions than it answers. We know that these are very young soldiers holding a roadside ditch. They've been there long enough to have broken into their C-rations, lunching under the lombardy poplars that line the road. Are they under enemy fire, or is this just an exercise? Is the photographer taking cover as well? In the background are a couple of figures - officers or non-coms - who stroll non-chalantly past a jeep. The faces of the kids in the foreground seem attentive, but not particularly alarmed. Who are they, and what happened to them? 

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