Dmitri Baltermants (Russian, born Poland, 1912–1990). Attack—Eastern Front WWII,
War/Photography, an expansive new photo exhibition curated by Anne Wilkes Tucker, opened last month at the Brooklyn Museum. The show includes photographs spanning from the Mexican American War in 1848 all the way through the Arab Spring, and features hundreds of images made by dozens of photographers on five continents.
While the show is impressive in it’s size and scope, what makes it really special are the kinds of photographs it brings together. In addition to the journalistic images we usually associate with armed conflict, War/Photograhy also highlights civilian photographs, commercial images, art photos, pictures from military archives, reconnaissance photos, and pictures taken by soldiers themselves. All these pictures are organized in sections like “Training”, “The Fight”, and “Leisure Time”, allowing us to compare how activities common to all wars are photographed over the years.
This week on the show I speak to curator Anne Wilkes Tucker about War/Photography.
Thomas Hoepker (German, (born 1936). 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, 1970
Mark A. Grimshaw (American, born 1968). First Cut, Iraq, July 2004
Cecil Beaton (English, 1904–1980). A Royal Navy sailor on board HMS Alcantara uses a portable sewing machine to repair a signal flag during a voyage to Sierra Leone, March 1942
Warrant Photographer Jess W. January USCGR (American, birth date unavailable). USCG Cutter Spencer destroys Nazi sub, April 17, 1943
Hugo Brehme (Mexican, born Germany, 1882–1954). Portrait of Zapata, circa 1914
Joel Sternfeld (American, born 1944). Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C., May 1986
Henri Huet (French, 1927–1971). U.S. Marine Corps chaplain John McNamara of Boston administers the last rites to war correspondent Dickey Chapelle, Chulai, Vietnam, November 1965
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