War Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath

The Museum of fine Arts in Houston, Texas will be holding an exhibition in November about War Photography

Houston—September 2012—On November 11, 2012, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, debuts an unprecedented exhibition exploring the experience of war through the eyes of photographers. WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath features nearly 500 objects, including photographs, books, magazines, albums and photographic equipment. The photographs were made by more than 280 photographers, from 28 nations, who have covered conflict on six continents over 165 years, from the Mexican-American War of 1846 through present-day conflicts.

The aim of the exhibition will be to take a critical look at the relationship between war and photography and exploring what types of photographs are, and are not, made, and by whom and for whom. Rather than a chronological survey of wartime photographs or a survey of “greatest hits,” the exhibition presents types of photographs repeatedly made during the many phases of war—regardless of the size or cause of the conflict.

Some of the Photos in the collection:

Dmitri Baltermants, Attack—Eastern Front WWII, 1941

Thomas Hoepker, A US Marine drill sergeant delivers a severe reprimand to a recruit, Parris Island, South Carolina

Susan Meiselas, Muchachos Await Counter Attack by the National Guard, Matagalpa, Nicaragua, 1978

Alfred Palmer, Women aircraft workers finishing transparent bomber noses for fighter and reconnaissance planes at Douglas Aircraft Co. Plant in Long Beach, California, 1942

Source: MFAH

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