Conversations on Conflict Photography features work by 12 award-winning photographers—Shahidul Alam, Nina Berman, Andrea Bruce, Marcus Bleasdale, Ron Haviv, Eman Helal, Alexander Joe, Benjamin Lowy, Susan Meiselas, Spencer Platt, Newsha Tavakolian, and Laurent Van der Stockt—whose groundbreaking images have often defined global conflicts. Through those images, this show examines the stories behind the photos and the ways the photographers approached them.
As photography documents war crimes, human rights violations, and humanitarian crises, it can help bring perpetrators to justice, but it can also be difficult to look at. Conversations on Conflict Photography explores the tension between the beautiful and the abhorrent; the need to know and the desire to not see. This show also offers a shift in focus from traditional war photography, with an emphasis on civilians, social conflict, and even stillness instead of only the oft-seen combatants, front lines, and bombast.
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