Two exhibitions highlighting the work of conflict photographers open this month in Houston.

Dmitri Baltermants, Attack—Eastern Front WWII , 1941, gelatin silver print, printed 1960, the MFAH, gift of Michael Poulos in honor of Mary Kay Poulos at "One Great Night in November, 1997." © Russian Photo Association, Razumberg Emil Anasovich

The Museum of Fine Arts is showing WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath  featuring the work of Don McCullin, James Nachtwey, University of Texas graduate Carolyn Cole, Jonathan Torgovnik, Jim Goldberg, Susan Meiselas, and Austin’s own Erin Trieb from November 11 – February 3, 2013.

On Veterans Day 2012, the MFAH debuts an unprecedented exhibition exploring the experience of war through the eyes of photographers. WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath gathers together nearly 500 objects, including photographs, books, magazines, albums, and photographic equipment.

Images recorded by more than 280 photographers, from 28 nations, span 6 continents and more than 165 years, from the Mexican-American War in the mid-1800s to present-day conflicts. Iconic photographs as well as previously unknown images are featured, taken by military photographers, commercial photographers (portrait and photojournalist), amateurs, and artists.

The Houston MFA is also publishing a 600-page catalog of the exhibit with interviews and essays by curators, scholars, and military historians due out in late November.


Soldier, At Ease at the Houston Center for Photography

The Houston Center for Photography presents Soldier, at Ease featuring work from the late Tim Hetherington, Louie Palu, and (again!) Texas’ own Erin Trieb from November 8 – January 6, 2013.

Houston Center for Photography is proud to present the exhibition, Soldier, at Ease. Through the work of Tim Hetherington, Louie Palu, and Erin Trieb, this exhibition will look at how active soldiers spend their private time “at ease,” while they are off duty, and also after they return home. Photographs and videos by these three photographers, as well as images created by active duty soldiers themselves, will illustrate a more personal experience of the solder as an individual.

The show will also feature Hetherington’s three-screen video installation Sleeping Soldiers, photographs by the soldiers, Louie Palu’s  portraiture project Afghanistan:  Garmsir Marines, Palu’s journals, and artifacts he collected while in Afghanistan.

U.S. Marine Joshue Wycka age 21 Helmand, Afghanistan, 2008 © Louie Palu



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