Besides photographing with dedicated digital cameras like his peers do, David Guttenfelder of the Associated Press has created a portfolio of work from Afghanistan using an iPhone and a "Polaroid film" filter app. You can see the work at the Denver Post site.
(Thanks to Albano Garcia)
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Featured Comment by Kurt: "I liked the look of Guttenfeld's pictures. I absolutely hated the results my iPhone 3G camera gave me and had pretty much given up using it except for taking pictures of whiteboards for notes. I downloaded the Polarize app and ran some of my previous shots through it and voila—I actually really like some of my previous shots. I had tried using the iPhone Photoshop app and running my iPhone pictures through big Photoshop—my mistake was trying to make bad pictures look good. The genius of the Polarize app is making the bad look worse for the better. I am sold on this app. It's free and I would have gladly paid for it."
Mike replies: That's what I think. The app just makes the crappy iPhone pictures look more tolerable, more purposeful. It's just a way of getting around the weakness of the "camera." Doesn't matter beyond that.
To me these pictures are about the human condition in war, not necessarily about war. Can't you imagine looking in dismay at that hail- and water-filled cot and thinking, "that's where I've got to sleep"? The pictures are personal and they're about human experience, that's what I like about them.
Featured Comment by Hoainam: "I'm surprised by the negative reaction to these photos. Flea bites on a torso is sugar-coating war? Sleeping on the ground in open air and peeing in a funnel doesn't convey the hardship of soldiers? Images 1, 13, and 28 could be classified as pretty pictures but, to me, the rest are very powerful images. I can't imagine someone misting up with nostalgia after seeing these photos. I can easily see Guttenfelder turning this into a larger body of work.
"With the instantaneous nature of the internet, a good reminder is that a lot of what we see online is a work in progress."