The first war photographer was an anonymous American who took a number of daguerrotypes during the Mexican–American War, in 1847, of the occupation of Saltillo. Since then, countless images have been taken of conflicts throughout the world. These images have extensively documented all aspects of the world at war – the thick of battle, times of rest, the dead, dying and injured, the survivors and more.
The Corcoran Gallery of Art is currently hosting the exhibit, “WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath,” originally organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The exhibition, which runs through Sept. 29, brings together images by more than 200 photographers from 28 nations and covers conflicts from the past 165 years.
VA’s video team visited the Corcoran and interviewed Marine Veteran Norman T. Hatch, a WWII combat photographer who witnessed the flag raising at Iwo Jima; and Paul Roth, senior curator of photography and media arts at the Corcoran. You’ll find that story here.