Exhibitions: WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath

IN CONVERSATION

Our visitors respond to this 30-second video.

  • This is an amazing exhibit. I have many questions, but here are a few.
    Do men and women fight differently in war?
    What role does translation play?
    Are your images a way to work through what you see?

    — Lucy

    Thanks for your insightful and thoughtful questions. Im glad you enjoyed the exhibition and perceive from your questions that the experience has been thought provoking. I contributed to this exhibition for you and people like you.

    The role of women in combat has changed drastically since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's still too early to see the real outcome as women serving in front line combat units as offensive combatants by training not just in defensive modalities has literally just begun in the last few months with the U.S. Marine Corps graduating its first class of female Infantrywomen.

    I don't believe men and women fight differently in War. Men perceive women differently in war and therefore interpret a woman's role differently. The fundamental social DNA of males as protectors has continued to evolve in mankinds journey from the swamps to the stars and that will take time for the military to adjust to.

    I always found dead or injured female soldiers to exacerbate the pain of my American experience in Iraq.

    Translation was always been a strange thing especially in war.
    It's sort of like catching your parents speaking to people about you when they don't think you are at home.

    You become smacked by the truth if its something you didn't expect to hear and you have to confront the reality that there is nothing you can do about it. Unvarnished and irrevocable.

    In war, you relegate yourself to hoping that the person speaking on your behalf isn't paraphrasing your statement or adding or subtracting.
    I remember watching my battalion commander pleading to a farmer to stop allowing Fedayeen fighters to shoot mortars from his land. Back and forth through the translator the conversation was going nowhere except the tension was mounting.
    It eventually got to the point where the farmer accused the translator of being a traitor and the Col. simply said the next mortar attack from his land would result in an air strike on the entirety of his property to include livestock and his home if necessary.

    One doesn't have to speak a language to understand what deterioration of communication looks like.

    I don't know if my images have helped me work through anything.
    I'm not there yet but ill let you know when I find out.
    I'm getting close though.

    Be well Lucy, wherever you are.

  • What is your clearest or strongest memory of war?

    — Alva

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  • As a journalist, how do you remove yourself from some of the more gruesome situations you photograph? Do these these things affect you emotionally? Do you have people with whom to share the psychological burden?

    — Jane

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  • Does photographing give you a sense of purpose? Is it artistic or other things that drive you?

    — Chris

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  • Hi Ed,

    How have the personal bonds/friendships you made during your time at war had an impact on adjusting to civilian life post-war and is there any positive impact you can describe that came from serving this country?

    I hope you are well!

    — Korin

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