What would it have been like to be a photographer during World War 2?
It was a very difficult task indeed. In the front lines you
would have a camera and be part of the action just as a regular
soldier would be. The only difference that instead of shooting your
gun you would "Shoot your camera". Its about this time that the
expression "shoot a picture" came about. Any serviceman in the
front lines would be subject to all conditions that regular
soldiers would face. Unless you carried a camera for the occasional
picture you would either be a reporter or journalist. Most likely
you would be developing your pictures on the field. For many the
camera would be a non essential part of their gear and would not be
taken. Many people taking pictures would be wounded. Those that
made it had terrific stories to relate too. We can thank all who
took pictures during the war. Without them the feel of the war for
future generations would only be written in text.