Cameras And Combat: You Can't Look Away

2:12 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Cameras And Combat: You Can't Look Away

Lead in text: 
A stunning new exhibit of war photography that was born at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston spurred this heartfelt essay by Kainaz Amaria on NPR's blog The Picture Show. "For me it's about the impact of war as it relates on a very basic human everyday life," says New York-based photographer Nina Berman, who took the photo below, of a Marine sergeant wounded in Iraq and his bride.
War/Photography is a genre-defining exhibition currently on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. And also the last place I wanted to find myself on a sunny midweek morning. As a photojournalist and picture editor, I've consumed my fair share of conflict photography, essays and films. How could this exhibition possibly be any different from all the other shows I've seen in this vein?