Just Like Iraq Tours, Purple Hearts Extended

Purple Hearts Extended Through Sept. 8th

“A complex and desolating anti-war statement” – Holland Cotter, New York Times

Due to the overwhelming response to Nina Berman’s Purple Hearts, the exhibition has been extended through Saturday September 8th.

What was meant to be a short Summer show has transformed into an internationally acclaimed event, in large part due to Holland Cotter’s excellent review in the August 22 edition of the New York Times:

In what may be the most intensively photographed war in history, the visual documentation has been selective. The fate of the injured veterans was not a public issue until news reports about substandard treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

This background provides the context for Ms. Berman’s photographs, which are themselves tip-of-the-iceberg images. No matter what the viewer’s political position, the images add up to a complex and desolating anti-war statement… And “Marine Wedding” speaks, as powerfully as a picture can, for itself.

You can read about additional coverage of the exhibition on the gallery’s blog.

It’s an incredibly moving show. I’m honored to be exhibiting this work at the gallery and thrilled that so many people are seeing these important images. if you’re in town during these last days of Summer, please come and see the show in person:

Jen Bekman Gallery
6 Spring Street
(between Elizabeth + Bowery)
New York, NY 10012

Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday | Noon – 6pm.

** This text above is copied from a direct email from the Jen Bekman Gallery recieved today **

I would like to draw attention to the idea that the visual documentation of the Iraq war “has been selective” that is stated by Cotter above. What is shown in EVERY photograph is selective, that is what the photographer does, they select what they want you to see. A photograph is in deed reality, but you must understand as the viewer that it is a reality created by the photography for you to see.


~ by Phil Nesmith on August 27, 2007.

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