“Soldier, at Ease” at Houston Center for Photography through January 6

Garmsir MarinesHOUSTON, TX – Houston Center for Photography is proud to present the exhibition, Soldier, at Ease. Through the work of Tim Hetherington, Louie Palu, and Erin Trieb, this exhibition looks at how active soldiers spend their private time “at ease,” while they are off duty, and also after they return home. Photographs and videos by these three photographers, as well as images created by active duty soldiers themselves, illustrate a more personal experience of the solder as an individual.

The exhibition directly coincides with the encyclopedic exhibition WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath presented by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, which also includes work by Hetherington, Palu, and Trieb. HCP’s exhibition is on view through January 6, 2013 and is organized by Executive Director Bevin Bering Dubrowski, Curator Libbie J. Masterson, and the HCP Exhibitions Committee.

Tim Hetherington’s three-screen video installation, Sleeping Soldiers, courtesy of Tim Hetherington and Magnum Photos, is on view in the West Gallery during this exhibition.  HCP is also exhibiting all fifteen works from Louie Palu’s portraiture project, Afghanistan:  Garmsir Marines.  Alongside these images, HCP is exhibiting photographs by the soldiers, Louie’s journals, and various artifacts that he has collected while in Afghanistan. Erin Trieb’s compelling photographs of soldiers in Afghanistan and at home, part of her series Behind the Frontlines, Battle Company, and The War at Home, is also on view.

In addition, through the end of the exhibition HCP is giving free memberships to active duty military and veterans.


About the Artists:

SleepingSoldiers_4webTim Hetherington photographed the experience of war from the perspective of an insider, mostly in West Africa and the Middle East. His film Restrepo, which he co-directed with Sebastian Junger about a platoon of soldiers in Afghanistan, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2011 for Best Documentary Feature. On April 20, 2011 while covering the conflict in Libya, Tim Hetherington and fellow photographer Chris Hondros were killed by Libyan forces in a mortar attack on the besieged city of Misrata. Tim was a member of Houston Center for Photography, and HCP is honored to share this important work with the Houston community and visitors to HCP.

Garmsir MarinesLouie Palu is the recipient of numerous awards including a National Magazine Award, Critical Mass Book Award, Hasselblad Master Award, Best of Photojournalism Award from the NPPA, Silver Medal from the Society of Newspaper Design and multiple awards from the White House News Photographers Association. In 2009 he was awarded an Aftermath Grant for a project on veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Hearst Photography Biennial Award and Canadian Photojournalist of the Year, a 2010 Alexia Foundation Photography Grant for World Peace and Cultural Understanding for a project on Kandahar, Afghanistan and is a 2011 Bernard L Schwartz fellow with the New America Foundation.

Louie’s work has appeared in numerous books, catalogues, festivals and exhibitions internationally, which include the festival Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan, France, Internationale Fototage in Mannheim/Ludwigshafen in Germany, George Eastman House, Ping Yao Festival in China, Fotografia International Festival of Rome, Centrum for Fotografi in Stockholm, Sweden, The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and he was also selected for the 2009 New York Photo Festival and CONTACT Photography Festival.

The Lives Of SoldiersNative Texan and photographer Erin Trieb studied photography at East Texas State University and graduated in 2004. After interning as a newspaper photographer in Israel, she has since freelanced as an independent photojournalist and documentary photographer, covering major stories in the Middle East, Africa, and most recently the war in Afghanistan. Her work concentrates on a diversity of subject matter from international conflict and social concerns to local, feature stories in Texas.

Erin Trieb has gained international recognition for her work including awards from World Press Photo and Pictures Of The Year International on her coverage of the Texas Gubernatorial elections in 2006.  In 2010 she was awarded again from Pictures of the Year International for her coverage of a U.S. military medical unit in Afghanistan.  She has also been nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass and PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers, and was the recipient of a Rory Peck Trust bursary in 2009.

Her photographs have been published by TIME Magazine, The New York Times, MSNBC.com, Newsweek, Forbes, GEO Magazine, Der Spiegel, The Financial Times, The Times in London, Texas Monthly Magazine, Stern, Smithsonian Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.

HCP is located at 1441 West Alabama in the Museum District of Houston. Gallery hours are: Wednesdays – Sundays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. For more information, please call 713-529-4755 or visit http://www.hcponline.org.

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