Over 150 Years of Wars, in Photos

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Photos that capture war from the point of view of observers, civilians and soldiers over the last 165 years in 28 nations are on display at a new exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum.

War Photography features 400 objects, including photos, books and cameras. Some of the images are iconic ones taken by Pulitizer Prize-winning photojournalists— others are essentially unknown, taken by members of the military and other amateur photographers.

Ron Haviv, a war photographer for more than 20 years, has two pictures in the show. One of them, from the 1992 war in Bosnia, features a Serbian paramilitary soldier kicking the bodies of recently-killed Muslim civilian victims. Listen to the audio to hear him explain how he got that picture. 

Haviv said that he had hoped the photo, published in major media organizations at the time, would spark an international intervention. But it was only after the war that he felt the picture had an effect. 

"It was used to indict a leader of this unit, it was used in the indictments against president Milosevic, so the photograph really failed in its first attempt, but as time went on it started to have some impact," he said.

Haviv's work is also currently in exhibition at Anastasia Photo.


Ron Haviv
Arkan's Tigers, a Serbian paramilitary unit, with Bosnian Muslim civilian victims during the first battle for Bosnia in Bilijenia. 1992
Ron Haviv
Senad Medanovic, sole survivor of a massacre, finds his home in ruins after the Bosnian army recaptured his village from Serb forces. 1995
Walter Astrada
Congolese women fleeing to Goma, from the series, "Violence against women in Congo: Rape as weapon of war in DRC," 2008
Philip Jones Griffiths
Called “Little Tiger” for killing two “Vietcong women cadre”—his mother and teacher, it was rumored, Vietnam, 1968
Thomas Hoepker
A US Marine drill sergeant delivers a severe reprimand to a recruit, Parris Island, South Carolina, from the series, "US Marine Corps boot camp," 1970.
Rachel Papo
Military kiosk counter, Shaare Avraham, Israel, 2004.
Hugo Brehme
Portrait of Zapata, circa 1914


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