We read the words, but they often don’t convey the more visceral understanding of events that pictures do.
Note: the following photo galleries, mostly from The Atlantic, may contain graphic pictures (most likely in war zone area). They’re usually (but not always) blacked out and have to be specifically clicked on to be displayed. Look for the bold print warnings in the dialogue at the beginning of the gallery.
Syria: galleries from November, January, April, and June
EU Refugee crisis: some come by sea, some by land
Ukraine and Russia: Three from February, one from March
This single shot – entitled The Face of War – is a portrait of Putin done by Ukrainian artist Dariya Marchenko. It is striking because of the medium she used – 5000 shell casings gathered from the front line in eastern Ukraine. I could see a description of this being used as a speech intro.
(Once you get to the picture, you should be able to click on it to enlarge it to the original resolution.)