London’s Barbican War Photography events
The famous Barbican in London hosted Julian Stallabrass, Curator for the Brighton Photo Biennial and Reader in Art History at the Courtauld Institute on January the 15th. Prof Stallabrass discussed “how has the making and circulation of digital images of war affected the way that we see them and the way in which they are used” using comparative examples of Vietnam and Iraq war images.
Very compelling talk indeed. While many can remember Nick Ut’s dramatic Vietnamese Girl image, few could mention A precise photo of the war in Iraq that would be considered ‘famous’ or ‘common knowledge’ of this ongoing War. This may potentially push photojournalists to take or look for more intensely graphic images, in a fast paced, streaming, online and embedded photojournalism experience.
On a similar note, the Barbican Center is presenting until the 25th of January: ” This is War! Robert Capa at Work. Gerda Taro and On the Subject of War“. It is a very interesting review of Friedmann’s, a.k.a. Capa’s work, in different segment of his career, from Spain to China. His close work and intimate incursion in Tchang Kaï-chek and his wife lives offer a glimpse at one of China/Taiwan’s decisive leader. Gerda Taro’s work is presented for the first tim in the UK and is a must see in my opinion. While shooting alongside Capa, her work is, in my view, strikingly different. The use of square, larger format film as well as her particular composition and extensive play with, depth of filed, create a perspective unique to her production.
If you are in London, I sure hope you will have the chance to see it.