The evolution of documentary and photojournalism photography as soon as technology was able became embedded in wartime documentation.
The first known war (at least that I understand) using the beginnings of the camera and developing process all started right here in the US. And proceeding that technique, was the professional artist sketch. So which war introduced the concept of photojournalism setting precedent for the extremely daring art of battle/war time picture taking?
If you answered “The Civil War” you answered right.
I thought it would be interesting to point out the earlier art of this photography, as much as the idea of the dramatic and emotional brings the war to light though very heartbreakingly. For the time the technology of the camera was as exciting and novel as the technology we know more 100 years later. There is no disputing that the simple artist sketch had it’s place in wartime documentation. But, the Wet Plate camera process ushered in the idea of realism in a real life look at the essence of war, battle and the gruesome. The practice of shooting battlescenes on the frontlines though might have taken weeks or months to reach the population via print media, was no less unsettling than the excesses and speed of publishing via satellite and the world- wide- web .