In Between Moments of War

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This image is where my curation of this exhibit of images emerged from. This image came from the the archives of Gerda Taro. It was named “Recruitment and training of the new People’s Army, Valencia, March 1937”. She took this image taken during the Spanish Civil War. Garda Taro was romantically and professionally involved with photographer Robert Capa, and together, they helped change the way people take pictures of war during the period of time.

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This photograph was taken by Robert Capa, the lover of Gerda Taro during WWII. The photograph was named “Faithful companion: An American soldier pictured petting a puppy during the Second World War.” I chose this photograph because of the juxtaposition between war and violence and tenderness within the image.

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This photograph was taken by George Barnard who was an American photographer who served as the official army photographer for Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s Military Division of the Mississippi during the American Civil War. Barnard began producing daguerreotype photographs in his 20’s. In the late1850’s he began working for noted photographer Edward Anthony, and shortly before the outbreak of civil war he started working for Mathew Brady. This photograph is called Union troops southwest of Atlanta during the American Civil War.

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This photograph was also taken during the American Civil war by George Barnard. It is called “Ruins of Charleston, South Carolina”. During Barnards’ time at war, he learned the collodion wet-plate process. Some of Barnard’s first wet-plate photographs were taken in 1862 at the Bull Run battlegrounds. The following year he was appointed official photographer for the Military Division of the Mississippi, documenting camps, fortifications, and rail lines and duplicating maps for Sherman and his men. In 1864–65 Barnard accompanied Sherman’s army on its invasion of Georgia and the “March to the Sea.”

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This photograph was taken by Matthew Brady during the american civil war which took place from 1861 to 1865, plunged America into the worst war of it’s history. With more than 625,000 deaths in 4 years. Photography, having been invented 20 years earlier by Niepce and Daguerre, allowed the world to discover the horror and the reality of war.

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War photographer Matthew Brady, the son of Irish immigrant farmers had a talent for getting people such as presidents, generals and business leaders to sit before his camera.

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This photograph was taken by Robert Frank as part of his series “The Americans”. It is entitled Picnic and it is included in this grouping of photographs because it reminds me of the moments of soldiers at rest that Gerda Taro took during the spanish civil war. It also gives an opposite connotation from war photography such as freedom.

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This is an image entitled “Jesse, Dover Burial Park. Dover, Ohio., 2012 by Alec Soth”. This contemporary image appears to be of a lonely old war veteran.

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This photograph is also by Robert Frank from his series, “The Americans”. Where Frank deals with pointed description, we see metaphors.  We are backwards, barbaric, uneducated, but mainly uncultured. We are ill at ease in our environment, we wear uniforms and costumes with dead seriousness, we mimic Europeans without knowing why. We are reported to be classless, yet we draw severe racial and economic distinctions. We are rich, yet we have needless poverty. We pretend to sophistication, yet are spiritually impoverished. This photographs says all of this.

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Fallen Photojournalist: Life magazine photographer Paul Schutzer, photographed here with Israeli female soldiers, was killed 40 years ago this week, on June 5, 1967, the first day of the Six-Day War. Photographer unknown.

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This is a never published photograph of soldiers during the Israeli Six Day War holding puppies which reminded me of the previous older photograph of a solder petting a puppy, juxtaposing violence and tenderness in a portrait. Photographer unknown.

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I made this contemporary portrait of a war veteran showing me his scars.

Gallery View:

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