|© Louie Palu; U.S. Marine Gysgt. Carlos “OJ” Orjuela, age 31, Garmsir District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, from Project: Home Front (2008)|
WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath will open at the Annenberg Space for Photography on March 23, 2013 and run through June 2, 2013. This exhibition has been organized by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY encompasses over 150 images going as far back as 1887 through present-day and is arranged by themes presenting both the military and civilian point of view including the advent of war, daily routines, the fight itself, the aftermath, medical care, prisoners of war, refugees, executions, memorials, remembrance and more.
The exhibit includes the work of award-winning portrait photographers and photojournalists, military photographers, amateurs and artists including iconic images such as Joe Rosenthal’s Old Glory Goes Up on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima and Alfred Eisenstaedt’s V-J Day, Times Square, New York. Recognizable from news coverage is Eddie Adams’ image of the execution of a Viet Cong prisoner on the streets of Saigon.
Specific to the Los Angeles exhibit will be the Annenberg Space for Photography’s original short documentary film, titled The War Photographers, and an digital image presentation produced by Arclight Productions. Both the documentary and digital gallery will feature over 500 photographs exclusive to the Photography Space from six acclaimed contemporary conflict photographers: Alexandra Avakian, Carolyn Cole, Ashley Gilbertson, Edouard H.R. Glück, David Hume Kennerly and Joao Silva.
In interviews in the film, these six photographers share their experiences, including life-threatening situations faced by their subjects and themselves. Photographer Joao Silva revisits sites in his native South Africa, recalling the violence that led up to that country’s first democratic election in 1994. Ashley Gilbertson is filmed in Midland, Texas, on the final shoot for his book, Bedrooms of the Fallen, which examines the bedrooms of young soldiers who never returned home from war.
WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY arrives in Los Angeles from The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on March 23, 2013 before it travels to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the Brooklyn Museum.
Please note that some of the photographs in this exhibit may not be suitable for all visitors.
Photojournalist Alexandra Avakian has been published in National Geographic, Time, LIFE, The New York Times Magazine and more. Her photographic and written memoir, Windows of the Soul: My Journeys in the Muslim World, was published by the National Geographic Society and was named as one of American Photo's year-end best.
Carolyn Cole is a multiple award-winning photographer and a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times. She has covered conflicts in Iraq, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Haiti and Liberia, where she earned the Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of the siege of Monrovia.
Ashley Gilbertson is a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Bedrooms of the Fallen and the Overseas Press Club’s Robert Capa Gold Medal for his work in Fallujah, Iraq. Gilbertson’s first book, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, chronicles his arrival on the eve of the United States' invasion of Iraq as a 25-year-old photojournalist.
American photojournalist Edouard H.R. Glück began his photographic career as an American soldier in the Iraq War. His work has been published in the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, GQ, the Guardian, Newsweek and Time. He is a contributor to the Associated Press and Bloomberg.
David Hume Kennerly won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Vietnam War. He has been shooting on the front lines of history for more than 45 years and has photographed 8 wars, as many U.S. presidents, served as Chief White House photographer for President Gerald R. Ford and was named “One of the 100 Most Important People in Photography” by American Photo.
Award-winning photographer João Silva co-authored The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War, a factual account of news photographers in South Africa who covered the end of apartheid. Silva was severely wounded in October of 2010 after stepping on a land mine while on assignment for The New York Times in Afghanistan, sustaining life-threatening injuries and losing both legs.