War in Art and Photography

This resource guide represents available print and online resources exploring the broad topics of representation of war in art, documentary photography and war photography more specifically. This guide was developed as a resource for those looking to learn more about the exhibition, Witness to History: James Nachtwey–Afghanistan, Ground Zero, Iraq, on view September 11, 2015 – December 14, 2015.

War in ART

Concerning War : A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art
Hlavajova, Maria, Jill Winder.
Rotterdam, Utrecht: BAK, 2010.
P96. W35C658 2010 
The authors of these collected essays consider the current condition of global war and artistic responses to that condition.  Explores the relationship of artist to activist and the complex definition of war including the role of terrorism in modern culture.

Humanity in War: Frontline Photography Since 1860
Moorehead, Caroline, and James Nachtwey.
Geneva: ICRC. 2009.
UH535 .M66 2009
Selected photographs from the International Committee of the Red Cross archives. Introduction by James Nachtwey.

The artist and the warrior: military history through the eyes of the masters
Rabb, Theodore K.
New Haven: Yale University Press,  2011.
N8260 .R33 2011
The author follows the relationship of the visual artist and the warrior from the Ancient World through the twentieth century considering motivations from celebration of bravery to capturing the chaos of battle. The final chapter considers the “industrialization of war” and the shifting focus on violence and anguish rather than on the conditions or events that precipitate or cause war.

Photography and the American Civil War
Rosenheim, Jeff.
TR820.6 .R67 2013
Published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Author and curator, Jeff Rosenheim, expands the understanding of Civil War photography beyond the typical battlefield photographs and includes camp scenes, portraits, slave pens and plantations and ephemera. Richly illustrated.

Regarding the Pain of Others
Sontag, Susan.
New York, Picador, 2004.
HM554 .S65 2004
Sontag considers representations of war and atrocity over time from Goya’s “The Disaster’s of War” to art in response to the attacks in New York City on September 11, 2001. Sontag explores questions of humanity as related to the viewer reflecting on the impact of a highly visual culture inundated with images of suffering.

Documentary Photography and Socially Engaged Art

Breaking News : How the Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace, and Everything Else
Associated Press.
New York, Princeton Architectural Press, c2007.
PN4841.A85 B74 2007

Killing Ground: Photographs of the Civil War and the Changing American Landscape.
Huddleston, John.
Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. 2002.
E468.7 .H83 2002
Huddleston pairs historical images of the civil War with his own color photographs of the same locations from the present day (circa 2002). Considers the motivations of war as it relates to the human sense of place.

Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment
National Geographic, 2014
TR820 .W595 2013
Traveling exhibition. Includes photographs of war photographer Lynsey Addario.

American Photography: A Century of Images

The human condition: photojournalism 97
Pedersen, B. Martin.
New York: Graphis. 1997.
TR820.5 .H88 1997 OV
450 images from 45 artists from around the world.

Bending the Frame : Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen
Ritchin, Fred
Aperture Foundation, 2013.
TR820 .R558 2013

Stallabrass, Julian, editor of compilation.
Cambridge, Mass, MIT Press, 2013.
NX180.D63 D63 2013

Living as Form: Socially Engaged Art from 1991-2011
Thompson, Nato.
New York, N.Y.: Creative Time. 2012.
N8243 .S65 L58 2012
This exhibition catalog includes work from dozens of contemporary artists who engage in social practice work accompanied by essays whose authors consider the relationship of ethics to aesthetics.

Reading American Photographs: Images as History, Mathew Brady to Walker Evans
Trachtenberg, Alan.
[New York, N.Y.]: Hill and Wang. 1989.
TR820.5 .T73 1989
“Considers five documentary sequences or narratives: the antebellum portraits of Mathew Brady and others; the Civil War albums of Alexander Gardner, George Barnard and A.J. Russell; the Western survey and landscape photographs of Timothy O’Sullivan, A.J. Russell, and Carleton Watkins; and social photographs and texts by Alfred Stieglitz and Lewis Hine; as well as documentaries inspired by the Depression, esp. Walker Evans’s American Photographs.”

Portraits of War: From the Civil War to Afghanistan from the Washington Post
Washington Post Magazine

Contemporary War Photography

It’s what I do: a photographer’s life of love and war
Addario, Lynsey.
TR140.A265 A3 2015
Lynsey Addario has covered conflicts in Afghanistran, Iraq, lebanon, Darfur and the Congo. This memoir follows Addario through her work on the front lines of the major theater’s of war in the twenty first century. A unique perspective from a successful female photojournalist.

War/Photography : Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath
Tucker, Anne.
Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston ; New Haven : Distributed by Yale University Press, c2012.
TR820.6 .T83 2012
An oversize volume richly illustrated in full color published in connection with the exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Explores the relationship of photography and war from the Mexican American War in 1848 to conflicts through 2012. The book is structured in six parts including media coverage, daily routines and reconnaissance, the fight, leisure time, portraits and war’s end. Brief photographer biographies and selected references and a chronology of conflicts depicted in the photographs provide useful detail.

Photojournalists on War : The Untold Stories of Iraq
Kamber, Michael.
Austin, University of Texas Press, 2012.
DS79.767.P74 K36 2012


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