In Anne Wilkes Tucker’s exhibition, WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath, viewers get a look through the lens at the many sides, stories, and effects of war. The collection is one of Tucker’s final projects before retirement in June 2015. She joins Think today at noon to explore the history of war photography and look back on her forty years at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
As one of the first women appointed as the chief curator of a photography department, Tucker helped build a collection that started at 141 prints during her tenure at MFAH. Now, that same collection has grown to over 29,000 items from over 4,000 artists. WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY specifically holds 480 items - from books and magazines to photographic equipment - and covers a historical range beginning in the mid-1800s to about 2012. While no longer on display at MFAH, the exhibit has travelled around the U.S. and an accompanying book was released by Tucker and co-curators Natalie Zelt and Will Michels.
Last year, the Los Angeles Times featured a conversation with Tucker as a part of their “reFramed” series, in which Tucker discusses the process of putting the exhibition together, as well as her favorite pieces. And earlier in April, The Wall Street Journal spoke to Tucker about the evolution of her work and her upcoming plans for retirement.
Below, watch a video, produced in conjunction with WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY, that takes a look at the different perspectives and audiences captured in the exhibition.
And in the slideshow above, see some of the haunting images featured in the collection.
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