With the invention of photography at the end of the 1830s came the possibility of enhancing public awareness by capturing the realities of war. Since then war and conflict photographers worked and continue to work under difficult conditions, often risking their lives in order to record the story of Australians at war.
This exhibition draws on photographs held by the Horsham Regional Art Gallery Collection to consider the documentation of conflict, then and now, and complexities of this visual story-telling.
Shooting Conflict includes work by Frank Hurley, Australia’s second official First World War photographer, John Immig’s images of the Australian relief effort in East Timor in 2000 and artists Lyndell Brown and Charles Green deceptively aesthetic images of Iraq and Afghanistan during 2007 and 2008.
Across the room sits a photograph of artist Joy Hester with her son Sweeney holding a newspaper announcing the end of WWll, reflecting the war at home. Each of these photographers portrays intimate tales of Australians in foreign conflicts, while challenging our understanding of the photographic record, the complexities of conflict and the banality of violence.
A Horsham Regional Art Gallery exhibition.
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