Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath

Anne Wilkes Tucker and Will Michels, with Natalie Zelt; With contributions by Liam Kennedy, Hilary Roberts, John Stauffer, Bodo von Dewitz, Jeff Hunt, and Natalie Zeldin

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War/Photography surveys both iconic and newly discovered photographs of war and conflict, from daguerreotypes documenting the Crimean and American Civil Wars to digital images made by soldiers in 21st-century Iraq. Accompanying a landmark exhibition opening at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, it is generously illustrated with over 525 powerful images and includes texts by some of today's most important scholars of war photography. This ambitious book offers a comprehensive investigation of the relationship between photography and armed conflict.

The featured works represent a range of perspectives—from journalists to soldiers to ordinary citizens—and span six continents, yet together they communicate the consummate experience of war: its brutality, humanity, and even humor. The book's essays investigate the immediate impact, dissemination, and historical influence of war photography.

Anne Wilkes Tucker is the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography, Will Michels is collections photographer, and Natalie Zelt is curatorial assistant in photography, all at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston(11/11/12–02/03/13)

The Annenberg Space for Photography

Corcoran Gallery of Art(06/29/13–09/29/13)

Brooklyn Museum(11/08/13–02/02/14)

“Looking at the topic from all possible angles, from Matthew Brady to Simon Norfolk, it’s exhaustive, harrowing, brilliant and essential: one of the year’s most important books.”—Vince Aletti, Photograph
“The catalog boasts an impressive list of legendary conflict photographers, going as far back to Roger Fenton and Alexander Gardner in the 1800s to more contemporary names like Don McCullin, James Nachtwey and Carolyn Cole.”—NPR
“. . . a massive and important book.”—caa.reviews

Winner of the 2013 Kraszna-Krausz Awards in the Best Photography Book category.
ISBN: 9780300177381
Publication Date: December 3, 2012
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
612 pages, 10 x 13
179 color + 364 b/w illus.
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