Bruce Young’s “theory” of Capa’s boils down to the faith-based notion that if you take a mix of amateur psychoanalysis, “fog of war” uncertainty, and a tolerance of truthiness, and then you turn yourself around and you shake it all about, you can “more or less” reconcile the discrepancies, fabrications, misdirections, errors of fact, elisions, improbabilities, inconsistencies, and inherent contradictions embedded within Robert Capa’s and John Morris’s various divergent accounts. […]
What’s Wrong with This Picture?
Want “the final word on Robert Capa’s D-Day negatives and the mystery of 11 images”? Donald R. Winslow, the editor of the National Press Photographers Association’s house organ News Photographer, promises in his March 13 Facebook announcement of the January-February 2015 issue that a feature story therein, […]
I can only describe the National Press Photographers Association’s Donald Winslow and Bruce Young, the writer to whom he assigned the magazine’s report on this blog’s investigation of Robert Capa’s actions on D-Day and the subsequent fate of his images, as severely compromised from the outset of their coverage of our research relating to Capa and his picture editor at the time, John Morris. […]
Donald Winslow’s motives for requiring Young’s adherence to the “he said, she said” structure seem clear: He had the NPPA’s commitments to the reputations of Capa and Morris to protect, not to mention its long-term involvement with Morris. No other approach could sidestep the obligation of judgment, enable Morris to retain a shred of credibility on this subject, and otherwise minimize the damage. […]
We must consider the decision by Donald R. Winslow of the National Press Photographers Aassociation (NPPA) to employ a suspect journalistic approach for this particular article — the discredited “he said, she said” model — and his choice of writer to practice it on this set of issues as calculated, not inadvertent, and definitely not ignorant or uninformed. […]