Afghanistan in 4 Frames: Embedded Photojournalists Take Aim at the War
February 9 - May 13, 2011
SFAC Gallery at San Francisco City Hall
Over 80 images by four photojournalists: Lynsey Addario (New Delhi), Eros Hoagland (San Francisco), Teru Kuwayama (NYC) and James Lee (San Francisco).
Assistant Curator: Zara Katz.
(Project description, artists' bios,and links to press below video interview and slideshow.)
Exhibition Wall Text:
The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery’s Art at
City Hall program is pleased to present Afghanistan
in 4 Frames
. This groundbreaking and timely exhibition features over 80
images by four photojournalists who have embedded with military forces in
Afghanistan over the past nine years. Afghanistan in 4 Frames
is part of
an ongoing series of exhibitions at San Francisco City Hall that demonstrates the
SFAC Gallery’s commitment to illuminating international concerns.
When approaching this exhibition, it is important
to keep in mind that the US has had a strategic military presence in
Afghanistan since the attacks of September 11, 2001. As of January, 2011,
according to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), there are 78,430
US soldiers deployed in Afghanistan. Since 2001 there have been 1328 US soldiers
killed in Afghanistan, with a disproportionate 499 casualties in 2010.
In President Obama’s State of the Union address on
January 25, 2011, he stated, “Thanks to our heroic troops and civilians, fewer
Afghans are under the control of the insurgency. There will be tough fighting
ahead, and the Afghan government will need to deliver better governance. But we
are strengthening the capacity of the Afghan people and building an enduring
partnership with them. This year, we will work with nearly 50 countries to
begin a transition to an Afghan lead. And this July, we will begin to bring our
Beyond statistics and political rhetoric, the
photojournalists in this exhibition are striving to provide insight into the
lives and actions of soldiers (US, British and Afghan), and rare glimpses of
civilian Afghan life intertwined with military presence. As stated so
eloquently by exhibiting artist James Lee, “A balanced understanding of the war
is possible only when counter narratives, such as the visual stories in this
exhibition, are made available for public consideration.”
At any given time there are approximately 50
photojournalists from around the globe embedded with the US military in
Afghanistan. Putting their lives on the line, they spend every day alongside troops
as they patrol, rest at camp, interact with civilians and enter into combat. The
Committee to Protect Journalists reports that 22 journalists have been killed
in Afghanistan since 1992.
Armed with cameras, it is their determination to
tell visual stories that enable us to understand the conditions of war from a
in 4 Frames
Director, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
Selected Press:New York Times / Bay Citizen
: http://www.baycitizen.org/visual-art/story/trading-gun-scope-wide-angle-lens/SF Bay Guardian
: http://www.sfbg.com/2011/02/15/not-forgottenSF Examiner
: http://www.sfexaminer.com/entertainment/fine-arts/2011/02/afghanistan-4-frames-captures-humanity-under-gunRadio Interview with James Lee on KALW's Crosscurrents
: http://kalwnews.org/audio/2011/02/24/local-photographer-james-lee-captures-daily-life-afghanistan_859878.htmlVideo Conversation between exhibition curator, Meg Shiffler and exhibiting artist, James Lee: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeQcVrRQnLc__________________________________________________________________________________________________
Based in San Francisco, James Lee has carried
cameras while conducting research in the Middle East and South Asia. He
is a graduate student of the Department of International Relations at
San Francisco State University and a US Marine Corps Veteran of
Operation Iraqi Freedom. His field work focuses on guerrilla warfare,
mobile cellular technology and computer mediated practices of
representation. His photographs of Afghanistan have also been featured
on salon.com and exhibited at The Museum of Ventura County.
Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist based in New Delhi, India, where she photographs for The New York Times, National Geographic, and Time Magazine.
Lynsey began photographing professionally in 1996 with no professional
photographic training or studies, and started photographing conflict and
humanitarian issues in 2000, when she traveled to Afghanistan under
Taliban rule to document life and oppression under the Taliban. She has
since covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur, and
Congo, and shoots features across the Middle East, South Asia, and
Africa. Lynsey has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the
MacArthur Fellowship, or 'Genius Grant' 2009; she was part of the NYT team to win the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, for her photographs in Talibanistan, Sept 7, 2008. In 2010 Lynsey was named one of 20 women on Oprah Winfrey's Power List, 2010, for her photoessay Power of Bearing Witness.
Addario won the Getty Images Grant for Editorial photography in 2008
for her work in Darfur, where she photographed for six consecutive
Eros Hoagland, a Bay Area based photojournalist,
began working in 1993 covering the aftermath of El Salvador's civil war.
He has since worked in countries stained by violence and unrest across
the globe including Iraq, Haiti, Eritrea and Colombia. As well as
documenting the political climate and social impact of conflict, Eros
looks for an emotional narrative when approaching reportage projects. He
also works on travel, and adventure sport stories as well as business
and lifestyle pieces. His regularly shoots for the New York Times, and his work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, Frontline, Fortune, Forbes, People and Esquire among others.
Teru Kuwayama is a photographer who has spent most
of the past decade reporting on conflict and humanitarian crisis. He has
reported in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir and Iraq - traveling both
independently and as an embedded reporter with military forces. His
photographs have appeared in publications including Time, Newsweek, Outside and National Geographic.
Kuwayama is the co-founder of Lightstalkers.org, a Web-based network of
media, military, aid and development personnel serving more than 40,000
members. In 2010 he was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford
University, and as a result has developed the revolutionary web
reporting initiative Basetrack, linking Marines with life at home through multi-media interaction and broad-based participation.