Brooklyn Museum Opens WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY Today


WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath explores the experience of war and strikes a universal human chord with an unprecedented collection of photographs from around the world. Featuring approximately 400 objects, including photographic prints, books, magazines, albums, and camera equipment, WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY brings together both iconic and unknown images taken by members of the military, commercial portraitists, journalists, amateurs, artists, and numerous Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers. WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY runs today, November 8, 2013, through February 2, 2014.

The exhibition WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY includes the works of some 284 photographers from 28 nations who have covered conflicts on six continents over the last 165 years. The exhibition examines the interrelationship between war and photography; it reveals the evolution of the photographic medium as the form in which war is recorded and remembered, and explores a full range of experiences related to armed conflict-from recruitment, training, and embarkation to daily routines, the heat of battle, and the aftermath of death and destruction, homecoming and remembrance. Spanning the period of time between the Mexican-American War in 1846 through present-day conflicts, WAR/PHOTOGRAPHYcontains rare daguerreotypes and vintage photographs, such as Roger Fenton's iconicThe Valley of the Shadow of Death (1855) from the Crimean War and an early print of Joe Rosenthal's Old Glory Goes Up on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima. An additional print ofOld Glory that entered the Brooklyn Museum's Permanent Collection in 1945 will also be included in a section that explores the historic battle of Iwo Jima and the making of one of modern history's most widely recognized images of war. Among the most recent images is a 2008 photograph of the Battle Company of the 173rd Airborne Brigade in the remote Korengal Valley of Eastern Afghanistan by Tim Hetherington. Hetherington spent time embedded with the soldiers he photographed in Afghanistan, and was later killed, in April 2011, while covering the civil war in Libya.