The exhibition will take place at NYU's Gallatin Galleries, with a reception and discussion forum coming on Oct. 16.

Iraq War Vet with Artificial Leg Sits on Bed with Face in His Hand
Photo by Nina Berman/NOOR

Conversations on Conflict Photography, a photography exhibition running from Tuesday, Oct. 8 to Friday, Oct. 18 at Gallatin Galleries (NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, 1 Washington Pl., New York, N.Y.) will feature work by 12 award-winning photographers—Shahidul Alam, Nina Berman, Andrea Bruce, Marcus Bleasdale, Ron Haviv, Eman Helal, Alexander Joe, Benjamin Lowy, Susan Meiselas, Spencer Platt, Newsha Tavakolian, and Laurent Van der Stockt—whose groundbreaking images have often defined global conflicts. Through these images, the show examines the stories behind the photos and the ways the photographers approached them.

As photography documents war crimes, human rights violations, and humanitarian crises, it can help bring perpetrators to justice, but it can also be difficult to look at. Conversations on Conflict Photography explores the tension between the beautiful and the abhorrent; the need to know and the desire to not see. It also offers a shift in focus from traditional war photography, with an emphasis on civilians, social conflict, and even stillness instead of only the oft-seen combatants, front lines, and bombast.

Images from the show are available upon request from media outlets.

A panel discussion and reception for “Conversations on Conflict Photography” will be held Wednesday, Oct. 16, @ 6:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, this special event includes: NYU Gallatin Professor Lauren Walsh, author of the just-published book Conversations on Conflict Photography (Bloomsbury Visual Arts: October, 2019) and co-curator of this exhibition with Gallatin faculty member Keith Miller; award-winning photographer Nina Berman (who took the photograph accompanying this press release); and Santiago Lyon, vice president and director of photography for the Associated Press from 2003 to 2016.

For further details on the exhibition and panel discussion, contact Professor Walsh: lmw242(at), or the NYU press officer listed with the release. NYU Gallatin is wheelchair-accessible.

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