The Human Condition part 1
This is an exploration of the emotions portrayed in photographs, or the human condition.
Refugiada – Margaret Bourke-White
This photo was taken at the time of the Spanish Civil War. With General Franco’s Nationalist forces advancing on the Republicans, many people became refugees to escape the violence. The anger is mainly shown on the girl’s face through her scowling eyes, downward tilt of her head and clenched jaw. Her left hand is clenched and her right hand clutches a piece of bread to her chest, indicating that she won’t give it up without a fight.
Jacqueline Kennedy Arlington – Elliott Erwitt
Jacqueline Kennedy is at the funeral of her husband, the assassinated US president, John F. Kennedy. The distress and sadness clearly shows on her face – the furrowed brow, trembling lips and distracted expression are all outer signs of her inner emotional turmoil.
Madrid – Henri-Cartier Bresson
This photo of a father and his child in fear is taken during the early times of the Spanish Civil War. The father’s guarded expression and determined gaze, as well as the body language of tightly grasping his child, show an anxious uncertainty.
Skipping without a rope – Robert Doisneau
World War II ended in 1945 with France devastated. By 1953, rebuilding had begun. Unabated joy clearly shows in this image of a young girl skipping and jumping. Her face is animated and she is laughing hysterically, with her mouth in a wide smile with teeth showing. She probably thinks it’s crazy to be skipping without a rope!
Visite du Cardinal Pacelli, Montmarte (Later Pope Pius XII) – Henri Cartier-Bresson
This image portrays religious love – the passion and fervour of devoted religious followers. The man and woman at the front of the crowd lock eyes with the future Pope in an attempt to fill their soul with his love. The era was just before World War II, with the persecution of Jews occurring throughout Europe. The Vatican was working on a document condemning Hitler’s racist policies however Pope Pius XI died before it was implemented. Cardinal Pacelli became Pope Pius XII in 1939, but failed to act on the document.