World-shattering drama: War photography

A Marine in Afghanistan has a close call with Taliban fighters. A Republican militiawoman training on the beach outside Barcelona in the Spanish civil war. A Bosnian soldier stands on a mass grave outside his destroyed home. A class photo of young children, many later killed in Argentina’s dirty war. And so familiar now, a jet crashing into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

They’re images from 165 years of war, broadly defined to capture what happens before, during, and after battle, part of a wide-ranging exhibition titled “War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath.”

Now at Washington’s Corcoran Gallery of Art, it was developed and opened at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts by curator Anne Tucker.

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