(Los Angeles, California--March 25, 2013) THE WAR PHOTOGRAPHERS, a documentary film commissioned by the Annenberg Space for Photography will debut with the exhibit, WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath
, set to open on March 23rd. Arclight Productions has been commissioned to produce the original documentary short that will be featured as part of this unprecedented exhibit. The exhibit will open free to the public in Los Angeles on March 23, 2013 and run through June 2, 2013. The film will be shown in vivid detail on two 14' by 7' screens in 4K resolution in the Digital Gallery, which is central to the architecture of the Photography Space and the exhibit experience. This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and is made possible with generous support from the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation and the Annenberg Foundation.
João Silva in Thokoza Towns
WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY encompasses over 150 images going as far back as 1887 through present-day and is arranged by themes presenting both the military and civilian point of view including the advent of war, daily routines, the fight itself, the aftermath, medical care, prisoners of war, refugees, executions, memorials, remembrance and more.
Exclusive to the Los Angeles exhibit will be the Annenberg Space for Photography's original short documentary, THE WAR PHOTOGRAPHERS, directed by Steven Kochones and featuring the stories and images of six acclaimed contemporary war photographers: Alexandra Avakian, Carolyn Cole, Ashley Gilbertson, Edouard H.R. Glück, David Hume Kennerly and João Silva.
The film offers intimate interviews and stunning imagery that reveal experiences of sacrifice and courage as well as the life-threatening situations faced by war photographers and their subjects. The stories include photographer João Silva revisiting sites in his native South Africa, recalling the violence that led up to that country's first democratic elections in 1994. Ashley Gilbertson is filmed in Midland, Texas, on the final shoot of his emotional project documenting the bedrooms of young soldiers who never returned home from war. Other photographers share their experiences covering conflict in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and the Middle East.
The film features the work of award-winning photographers and photojournalists:
- Photojournalist Alexandra Avakian
has been published in National Geographic
, The New York Times Magazine
and more. Her photographic and written memoir, Windows of the Soul: My Journeys in the Muslim World,
was named as one of American Photo
's year-end best.
- Carolyn Cole
is a multiple award-winning photographer and a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times
. She has covered conflicts in Iraq, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Haiti and Liberia, where she earned the Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of the siege of Monrovia.
- Ashley Gilbertson
is a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Bedrooms of the Fallen
and the Overseas Press Club's Robert Capa Gold Medal for his work in Fallujah. Gilbertson's first book, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,
chronicles his arrival on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq as a 25 year-old photojournalist.
EDOUARD H.R. GLÜCK
- American photojournalist Edouard H.R. Glück
began his photographic career as an American soldier in the Iraq War. His work has been published in the International Herald Tribune
, the Wall Street Journal
the Guardian, Newsweek
. He is a contributor to the Associated Press
DAVID HUME KENNERLY
- David Hume Kennerly
won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Vietnam War. He has been shooting on the front lines of history for more than 45 years and has photographed 8 wars, as many U.S. presidents, served as Chief White House photographer for President Gerald R. Ford and was named "One of the 100 Most Important People in Photography" by American Photo
- Award-winning photographer João Silva
co-authored The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War,
a factual account of news photographers in South Africa who covered the end of apartheid. Silva was severely wounded in October of 2010 after stepping on a land mine while on assignment for The New York Times
in Afghanistan, sustaining life-threatening injuries and losing both legs.
Behind the scenes in South Africa, the Arclight Productions crew filmed in historically important sites that were hotbeds of violence during the end of apartheid in 1994 -- the very same locations where João Silva's colleagues and friends were wounded and killed. The film includes rarely seen archival footage of the events that unfolded during that volatile period.
The film also covers Ashley Gilbertson's journey to Midland, Texas, to meet the family of a young soldier who was killed in Afghanistan. Here, Gilbertson's documents the personal side of war by photographing the young soldier's bedroom, untouched by the family since his death, for a project called Bedrooms of the Fallen
. The Arclight Productions crew secured special permission from Gilbertson and the soldier's family to record this very personal project that was conceived to tell the story of war, and in this case, its aftermath.
This film production is designed especially for the Annenberg Space for Photography's one-of-a kind Digital Gallery. The gallery was built to present photography at high resolutions using the full color spectrum that is associated more with photographs than films. Consequently, because the film makes use of high-resolution still images, the live action production must match the visual quality. The sound mix is also designed expressly for The Annenberg Space for Photography's custom 8-channel sound system. Conformed on workstations custom-built for Arclight Productions, post-production of the film is performed both at Arclight Productions and onsite in the Photography Space.
WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY arrives in Los Angeles from The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston before it travels to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the Brooklyn Museum.
The photographs in this exhibition may not be suitable for all visitors.
About Arclight Productions
Founded in 1997, Arclight Productions is an award-winning film production company specializing in documentaries, commercials and behind-the-scenes. The Arclight team has produced original content for Warner Bros., Focus Features, Universal, Anchor Bay, Columbia Pictures, HBO, IMAX, Dreamworks, Disney, Summit Entertainment, 20th Century Fox and more. Arclight has produced nine films and multimedia installations for the Annenberg Space for Photography since the venue's 2009 debut including: L8S ANG3LES, EXTREME EXPOSURE, DIGITAL DARKROOM, the multi-award winning "WATER: OUR THIRSTY WORLD," produced with National Geographic magazine, and the hit "WHO SHOT ROCK & ROLL: THE FILM," which broke all attendance records. Arclight has also worked with major museums such as the California Science Center, the non-profit Will Rogers Institute, and renowned artist David Hockney. With a professional staff at full-service facilities in the heart of Hollywood, Arclight also boasts finishing capabilities at high resolutions, high frame rates and 3D.
About the Annenberg Space for Photography
The Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting photography. The Photography Space conveys a range of human experiences and serves as an expression of the philanthropic work of the Annenberg Foundation and its Directors. The intimate environment features state-of-the-art, high-definition digital technology as well as traditional prints by some of the world's most renowned and emerging photographers. It is the first solely photographic cultural destination in the Los Angeles area.
Annenberg Space for Photography
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