This month has already begotten two iconic photographs: one released, one not. The first refers to an image of the President and his staff in the Situation Room of the White House during the operation to kill Osama bin Laden; the second, to documentation of bin Laden's body after his death. The photos, which have made headlines independent of the military operation that spawned them, are only the latest in the long tradition of war photography that has spawned some of humanity's most memorable images. In the slideshow below, we present some of these images, chosen for tension or beauty rather than carnage, that have captured the home front's imagination since the mid-19th century.
Before The Situation Room: A History Of Iconic War Photography