This image, entitled Pentagon Demonstration, Washington D.C., was captured by Benedict J. Fernandez. October 21, 1967 marked the first national demonstration against the war in Vietnam. Here, soldiers are depicted standing guard in front of the Pentagon to defend it from protesters.
In reference to photographs, Sturken and Cartwright suggest, “Much of the meaning of camera-generated images is derived from the combination of the camera’s role in capturing the real and its capacity to evoke emotion and present a sense of the unattainable – in other words, to appear to be both magical and truthful at once” (280).
This image would be considered scientific evidence – it was a way to accurately document the event that is understandable by any who view it. It was a real, unplanned photograph of an actual event. Although only 3 are clearly depicted, the Pentagon was surrounded by 2,500 troops. The demeanor of the soldiers and direction of the firearms start to paint the scene of the intensity of the demonstration. Fernandez is able to capture the emotion of the event through this image.