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Art of war exhibit

“Visual Dispatches from the Vietnam War,” on view at the Currier Museum of Art through Nov. 11, presents more than 30 images, many of which have become iconic symbols of one of the most important events in 20th century American history.

Vietnam War photojournalism reflected the grim realities of human conflict in an unflinching manner that challenged viewers around the world to see war at its most stark.

Among the photographers represented in the exhibition are Horst Faas, Henri Huet, Eddie Adams, Larry Burrows and Don McCullin. The exhibition also includes original Associated Press typewritten dispatches that photographers and their editors wrote from the Saigon office to explain the context of each image to stateside editors thousands of miles from the front.

During the Vietnam War, the photographers represented in this exhibition provided an unfiltered impression of war. Their photographs were taken quickly with new, smaller cameras and distributed to stateside newspapers and magazines, such as Life, Look and Time.

Each image captures what photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson referred to as “the decisive moment, the instant when emotion and composition merge.”

“These photographs have the ability to transcend time, place, moral judgment and politics, so they remain relevant documents of war’s human tragedy,” says Kurt Sundstrom, exhibition curator. “They retain the power to challenge long-held perceptions, unlock dormant emotions and question the value of war.”

The museum is open every day except Tuesdays. For more information, visit www.currier.org.

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