Beyond the Barracks
Museums / Switch on FOX, HLN or CNN. See their coverage of warfare, the poker-faced weight of it. You might race against edits to keep up with the reported narrative, get an occasional glimpse of soldiers in uniform populating a desolate province. Unless you’re told on a running ticker what part of the world we’re in, you would have a hard time even knowing where they are, let alone them.
Courage and Strength: Portraits of Those Who Have Served goes intimately deeper. The coverage found in this photography exhibition doesn’t treat men and women in uniform like pawns in a racked game of chess. Here, the tension felt is humane and personal; the powerful images of American men and women who’ve served in Iraq and Afghanistan offer glimpses into their inner struggles and contradictions of war.
The work displayed stems from a meaningful place of photojournalists who wish to tell stories outside of their editors: photojournalists including Nina Berman, Ashley Gilbertson, Peter Hapak, Tim Hetherington and Suzanne Opton. British-American Hetherington, killed while on assignment in Libya in 2011, is also the co-director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Restrepo.
With identification, museum admission is free for active-duty military personnel and their families through the show’s closing at the end of the month.