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Renowned war photographer Robert Capa said if your pictures aren't good enough,
you're not close enough. For 50 years Army has relied on our military photographers
to draw us through a window and into the lives of our soldiers. Defining moments,
tragedies, historical events -- often at great expense to their own safety, our
photographers have allowed us to share the sorrows, the joys and the experiences.
Meanwhile, our cartoonists brought humour as a balance. Their work continues the time-
honoured Aussie tradition of having a dig at ourselves. No aspect of military life has
escaped their razor insight of what was thought to be going on and what seemed to be
going on. Army is indebted to our image makers -- and we salute them.
The AAPRS's first female photographer, Robyn White,
came to the Army from news photography in Civvie
Street. From 1991 to 1999 she accumulated some of the
most iconic images of soldiers in action in the 1990s
including "The Unknown Soldier". The now Mrs Robyn
Bird lives in Victoria.
Front page: The now Sgt Mick
Davis' 2007 front-page image
(above left) illustrates like no
other way the work of our
Surreal: Sgt Neil Ruskin's
classic 2008 shot of a soldier in
a poppy field in Afghanistan (far
left) proves Army photography is
in good hands.
Rwanda: Robyn White's 1993
shot from Kibeho, Rwanda, (left)
highlights the desperate position
for Australian soldiers.
Mates: Army's own journo Cpl
Corinne Boer captures the
essence of mateship (right).
Momentous: Robyn White captures the Unknown Soldier's last moments on French soil
through the morning mist of Cambrai Air Force Base, itself the sight of a famous tank battle
during World War I.
Point of action: Capt Al Green's images
are typified by capturing Australian
soldiers at the peak of their efforts.
Memories: WO2 Graham McBean's
front-page snap from 2008 captures for
posterity the first return of Australia's
last combat troops from southern Iraq in
Brisbane last year.
The venerable Capt Al Green is more
like an institution in AAPRS than one of
its personnel. Throughout the nineties
and naughties he brought the exploits
of Australian soldiers on the home front
and on operations to the Army com-
munity. Al is now a public affairs officer
with 3 Bde.
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