Barton Silverman, August 29th 1968, Photograph, New York Times, New York Times Archives
When presented with the image above, I do not imagine the location being Chicago. Berlin, Moscow, and Warsaw are all cities that emerge as far greater contenders than Chicago. A militarized barricade outside of a building does not appear in the glorified tale of American peace and prosperity. The photo brings the turmoil to our homes. This could be our city street. It questions why our government is afraid of passionate protesters. A government should embrace, not barricade. Elected officials are the people’s voice, not just their own voice.
Silverman created a more powerful image by framing the soldier in the middle and from below, creating a position of authority in the picture. Additionally the focus of the picture is centered on the soldier which creates a blur of the details around the edges of the picture, making the eye drawn to the soldier first and foremost. Silverman shot to provoke a response by viewers. His opinion of the soldiers will be splashed across the New York Times.