While Looking For an Iraqi RPG Team, U.S. Troops From Charlie Company Search Iraqis, near Al Samawah, Iraq, March 2003
© 2003, Christopher Morris/Courtesy of VII
Photo Courtesy of International Center of Photography
War in Iraq: The Coordinates of Conflict-Photographs by VII
NEW YORK • International Center of Photography • Ongoing
|One year after the start of hostilities in Iraq, the International Center of Photography (1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street) launches an exhibition exploring the photojournalistic coverage of the war and its prelude by photographers of the photo agency VII. War in Iraq: The Coordinates of Conflict-Photographs by VII is presented at a moment when the search for clarity regarding American involvement in Iraq and its prelude permeates America's political, ethical, and media landscapes.|
The exhibition highlights the work of a group of leading photojournalists. VII was formed in September 2001, just days before the attack on the World Trade Center. Works by James Nachtwey (who survived 9/11 and was recently wounded in a grenade attack in Iraq), Christopher Anderson, Alexandra Boulat, Lauren Greenfield, Ron Haviv, Gary Knight, Antonin Kratochvil, Christopher Morris, and John Stanmeyer are included in the exhibition.
Several of these photographers take us inside the conflict in Iraq, beginning with the initial nighttime bombing of Baghdad on March 19, 2003. Other images draw our attention back to the war in Afghanistan, and to 9/11 and its aftermath. Over 50 large-format color and black-and-white photographs and a multimedia presentation include the dramatic images of Gary Knight's photo essay titled The Bridge, Alexandra Boulat's noted series on Iraqi civilians, James Nachtwey's vivid and visceral documents of the conflict's ongoing tragedies, and Antonin Kratochvil's harrowing black-and- white images of war's desolation.
In addition to the photographic works, accompanying texts by the photographers offer first person accounts of life in the war zone, and a chronology of events encourage viewers to reflect on the complexities brought into focus by this anniversary.
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