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Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath

Anne Wilkes Tucker, Will Michels, Natalie Zelt, Liam Kennedy (Contributions by), Hilary Roberts (Contributions by), John Stauffer (Contributions by), Bodo Von Dewitz (Contributions by), Jeff Hunt (Contributions by), Natalie Zeldin (Contributions by)


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War/Photography surveys both iconic and newly discovered photographs of war and conflict, from daguerreotypes documenting the Crimean and American Civil Wars to digital images made by soldiers in 21st-century Iraq. Accompanying a landmark exhibition opening at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, it is generously illustrated with over 525 powerful images and includes texts by some of today's most important scholars of war photography. This ambitious book offers a comprehensive investigation of the relationship between photography and armed conflict.

The featured works represent a range of perspectives—from journalists to soldiers to ordinary citizens—and span six continents, yet together they communicate the consummate experience of war: its brutality, humanity, and even humor. The book's essays investigate the immediate impact, dissemination, and historical influence of war photography.

Praise For War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath

“Looking at the topic from all possible angles, from Matthew Brady to Simon Norfolk, it’s exhaustive, harrowing, brilliant and essential: one of the year’s most important books.”—Vince Aletti, Photograph
— Vince Aletti

Winner of the 2013 Kraszna-Krausz Awards in the Best Photography Book category.
— Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards

“The catalog boasts an impressive list of legendary conflict photographers, going as far back to Roger Fenton and Alexander Gardner in the 1800s to more contemporary names like Don McCullin, James Nachtwey and Carolyn Cole.”—NPR


“. . . a massive and important book.”—

Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 9780300177381, 612pp.

Publication Date: December 3, 2012

About the Author

Anne Wilkes Tucker is the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography, Will Michels is collections photographer, and Natalie Zelt is curatorial assistant in photography, all at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston