War Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath


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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.

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War Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath

  1. 1. ​Dmitri Baltermants, Attack Eastern Front WWII, 1941© Russian Photo Association,Razumberg Emil Anasovich
  2. 2. Alfred Palmer, Women aircraft workers finishing transparent bomber noses for fighter and ​reconnaissance planes at Douglas Aircraft Co. Plant in Long Beach, California, 1942.
  3. 3. Flying Military Class, 2010 Damon Winter—The New York Times
  4. 4. ​Peter van Agtmael, Darien, Wisconsin, October 22, 2007© Peter van Agtmael / MagnumPhotos
  5. 5. Jonathan C. ​Torgovnik, Valentinewith her daughtersAmelie and Inez,Rwanda, from the ​series Intended ​Consequences, 2006.© Jonathan Torgovnik
  6. 6. ​Micha Bar-Am, The returnfrom Entebbe, Ben-GurionAirport, Israel, from the ​series Promised Land, ​1976. © Micha Bar-Am /Magnum Photos
  7. 7. Zaza Rasmadze holds the body of his brother, Zviadi, following the bombardment of Gori,Georgia, August 9, 2008.Gleb Garanich—Reuters
  8. 8. Joe Rosenthal, Old Glory Goes Up on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, 1945. © AP / Wide WorldPhotos
  9. 9. Congolese women fleeing to Goma, 2008. From the series Rape as Weapon of War in DRCWalter Astrada
  10. 10. American USCG Cutter Spencer destroys Nazi Sub, April 17, 1943 Warrant PhotographerJess W. January
  11. 11. U.S. Machine Gunner Sgt. Carolos "OJ"Orjuela, age 31, Garmsir District,Helmand Provice, Afghanistan, Fromproject: Home Front, 2008. Louie Palu
  12. 12. Embarkation of HMAT Ajana, Melbourne, July 8, 1916 Josiah Barnes, Australian WarMemorial
  13. 13. Reconnaissance, Resistanceand Sabotage: Partisan Girl,1942. Arkady Shaikhet/ArkadyShaikhet Estate, Moscow.
  14. 14. Daily Routine: A New Camp Usefor a Gas Mask, 1917-18. U.S.Army Signal Corps/Collection ofthe National World War IMuseum, Kansas City, Missouri.
  15. 15. Hold The Phone. Two Marinewiremen on Iwo Jima raceacross an open field, underheavy enemy fire to establishfield telephone contact withthe front lines, February 19,1945 Joseph Schwartz
  16. 16. Press photographers behind an overturned car take pictures as Palestinians hurl stones atIsraeli troops during clashes at the start of the second intifada on the outskirts of the WestBank, City of Ramallah, Palestine, October 16, 2000. David Silverman,Getty Images
  17. 17. Recruitment and Embarkation: Eduard Korniyenko, Say Ahhh, A doctor examines a group ofconscripts for the Russian Army at a recruiting station in Stavropol in southern Russia, May17, 2005. Eduard Korniyenko / Reuters.
  18. 18. Camp Life Daily Routine: TimHetherington, Untitled, KorengalValley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan,2008. Tim Hetherington/Magnum.
  19. 19. Training: A US Marine drill sergeant delivers a severe reprimand to a recruit, Parris Island,South Carolina, from the series US Marine Corps boot camp, 1970. ThomasHoepker/Magnum.
  20. 20. Patrol and troop movement: Delta du Mékong [Mekong Delta]. Henri Huet/Associated Press.
  21. 21. The Wait: Muchachos Await Counter Attack by the National Guard, Matagalpa, Nicaragua,1978. Susan Meiselas/Magnum.
  22. 22. The Fight: Liberian Government Troops Push Back Rebels, July 20, 2003. ChrisHondros/Getty.
  23. 23. Rescue: PBY Blister Gunner, Rescue at Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, 1944. Horace Bristol/TheHorace and Masako Bristol Trust.
  24. 24. Aftermath—Death: The body of anAmerican paratrooper killed inaction in the jungle near theCambodian border is raised up toan evacuation helicopter,Vietnam, 1966. HenriHuet/Associated Press.
  25. 25. Aftermath—Grief and battlefield burials and memorials: A grief-stricken American infantryman whose buddy has been killed in action is comforted by another soldier. In thebackground a corpsman methodically fills out casualty tags, Haktong-ni area, Korea,August 28, 1950. Al Chang/The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
  26. 26. Prisoners of War andInterrogations: Thecrewmen of thebattleship USS NewJersey watch aJapanese prisoner ofwar bathe himselfbefore he is issued GIclothing, 1944. CharlesFenno Jacobs/TheMuseum of Fine Arts,Houston.
  27. 27. Iwo Jima: Marine Demolition Team Blasting Out a Cave on Hill 382, Iwo Jima, from the photo-essay Iwo Jima, 1945. Estate of W. Eugene Smith/Black Star.
  28. 28. Photographic Essays: Vigil, Nevada, from the series Final Salute, 2005. Todd Heisler/RockyMountain News.
  29. 29. EXECUTIONS: Prospekt Pobedy in Grozny, November 1995, Chechen Republic, Russia,November 1995. Stanley Greene/NOOR.
  30. 30. Leisure Time: Soldier Thrown in Air, Trenton, New Jersey, 1917. Lewis W. Hine/NationalGallery of Art, Washington.
  31. 31. Medicine—Subsequent to War: Kinneret, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2002. Gillian Laub.
  32. 32. Refugees: Tufaha Baydayn, a Lebanese American, fled Lebanon’s civil war in the 1970s.Dearborn, Michigan, June 2002. Alexandra Avakian/Contact Press Images.
  33. 33. Civilians—Grief: Grief, Kerch, Crimea, 1942. Dmitri Baltermants/Russian Photo Association.
  34. 34. Caption Portraits: Dissident General Laurent Nkunda, leader of the CNDP (National Congressfor the Defense of the People), poses at his headquarter in his stronghold of Kichanga,Masisi hills North Kivu, from the series Congo in Limbo, 2007. Cédric Gerbehaye/Agence VU.
  35. 35. War’s End—Retribution: In a Deportee Camp, a Gestapo Informer Is Recognized by a WomanShe Has Denounced, Dessau, Germany, 1945. Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum.
  36. 36. War’s End—Homecoming: World War II veterans fill every porthole as the Queen Elizabethpulls into a pier in New York Harbor, 1945. Associated Press.
  37. 37. Memorials: Photograph of the late Northern Alliance commander Ahmad Shah Massoudcovered in flowers during a ceremony marking the third anniversary of his death, Kabul,Afghanistan, from the series Afghanistan: Broken Promise 2001-2007. MoisesSaman/Magnum.
  38. 38. Remembrance: Class Photo, 1996. Marcelo Brodsky.
  39. 39. Unknown photographer, Japanese, War in Hawaiian Water, Japanese Torpedoes AttackBattleship Row, Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift ofW.Michels.
  40. 40. Joe Rosenthal, American (1911–2006), Over the Top—American Troops Move onto the Beachat Iwo Jima, February 19, 1945, AP / Wide World Photos
  41. 41. Nhem Ein, Cambodian (born1959), Untitled (prisoner#389 of the Khmer Rouge;man),1975–79, gelatin silverprint (printed 1994), Museumof Modern Art
  42. 42. A Royal Navy sailor on board HMS Alcantara uses a portable sewing machine to repair asignal flag during a voyage to Sierra Leone, March 1942, Cecil Beaton, English (1904–1980) ©The Imperial War Museums
  43. 43. The Shirt of the Emperor,Worn during His Execution,Mexico, 1867, FrancoisAubert, French, 1829–1906 ©The Metropolitan Museum ofArt. Image source: ArtResource, NY
  44. 44. First Cut, Iraq. July 2004, MarkA. Grimshaw, American, born1968 © Mark A. Grimshaw
  45. 45. Dead Iraqi soldier on the Highway of Death outside Kuwait City during retreat at end of GulfWar, February 1991 © Ken Jarecke/Contact Press Images
  46. 46. Aftermath—Shellshock, Exhaustion: Shell-shocked soldier awaiting transportation awayfrom the front line, Hue, Vietnam, 1968. DonMcCullin/Contact Press Images.
  47. 47. Woodward, USNR, American (birth date unknown), Religious services under the blastedflight deck of the USS Franklin, March 1945
  48. 48. Children: Called “Little Tiger” for killingtwo “Viet Cong women cadre”—his motheand teacher, it was rumored, Vietnam,1968. Philip Jones Griffiths/Magnum.
  49. 49. Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C., May 1986, Joel Sternfeld,American (born1944) © 1986 Joel Sternfeld, courtesy of Luhring Augustine, New York
  50. 50. Caption War’s End—Victory and Defeat: A journalist climbs out of the hole where toppleddictator Saddam Hussein was captured in Ad Dawr. Iraq, December 15, 2003. YuriKozyrev/Noor.
  51. 51. cast War Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath images credit www. Music Sarabande G. F. Händel by Escala created o.e. thanks for watchingCivilians—Daily Life: Beirut Residents Continue to Flock to Southern Neighborhoods,Lebanon, August 15, 2006. Spencer Platt/Getty.
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