Ghosts in the Landscape: Vietnam Revisited
After serving in Vietnam as a U.S. Marine, photographer Craig Barber returned twenty-eight years later to a beautiful and peaceful country that he first saw through the eyes of combat. Haunted by the deaths he witnessed, Barber carries his memories of being eighteen with a taunting bulls-eye painted on his helmet, the smell of smoldering bombs, and the cries of the dying back to Vietnam in order to put his ghosts to rest. In the Vietnamese countryside, he captures healing landscapes with bomb craters turned into fish-rearing ponds and watering reservoirs, metal sections from former airstrip runways transformed into window grates, and shell casings functioning as fence posts with a handmade cardboard pinhole camera and ethereally printed by platinum processing. Barber`s photographs give hope that healing and change is the future.
A traveling exhibition, organized by the George Eastman House, accompanies the publication.
About the Authors:
Craig Barber, known for his provocative landscape photographs and recognized as one of today`s premier platinum printers, is exhibited in more than sixty solo exhibitions and represented in numerous public and private collections including the George Eastman House in Rochester, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Museum of New Mexico Santa Fe, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Portland Art Museum Portland, OR, the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, and the Biblioteque Nationale de France in Paris. Barber lives in New York`s Hudson Valley and teaches at photography workshops throughout the United States and Europe.
Alison Devine Nordstrom, curator for the George Eastman House, has curated over 100 exhibitions of photography and major surveys of contemporary installation, landscape, portraiture, and journalism. She has also worked extensively with historical photographs related to the construction of race and place and is the author of numerous catalogue essays, chapters, articles, and reviews in academic publications. She lives in New York.
16″ x 9″ / 112 pages
46 b&w photographs
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