‘War/Photography’ Brilliantly Showcases Images of Conflict and Its Aftermath

warPractically since the invention of photography more than a century and a half ago, photographers have been hurrying off to the battlefield to capture images of war and its awful aftermath (due to the camera’s early limitations, aftermath was the principal subject initially, but scenes from the Crimean War and the American Civil War nevertheless hit initial viewers like a thunderbolt). “WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath,” a traveling exhibition organized by Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts and currently showing at the Brooklyn Museum (there is also a published catalogbrilliantly showcases the work of artists under fire and under the imperative to honestly portray life and death in war zones over time and around the globe. Here, a photo by Dmitri Baltermants (Russian, born Poland, 1912–1990). Attack—Eastern Front WWII, 1941 (printed 1960). Gelatin silver print, 8⅞ x11¾ in. (22.6 x 29.8 cm).

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War Photography (The Daily Beast)

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