War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath
Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 to Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
© 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.

 

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