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EVENTS ASHORE: AN-MY LE. Geoff Dyer. Aperture Foundation, Inc., New York, 2014. Distributed by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 168 pp. with 110 col. ills. and 21 col. reference ills. 28 x 34 cm. LC 2014-938758 ISBN 9781597112994 In English.
Large format. Publisher's description: An-My Le's first publication, Small Wars (Worldwide 119232), brought together three bodies of black-and-white work (Vietnam, Small Wars and 29 Palms), offering a trilogy of tautly rendered examinations of the spectacle of war, memory and landscape. With Events Ashore, Le continues her exploration of the American military, a pursuit both personal and civic. With this body of work, however, Le emerges as a master colorist, employing the large-format color negative to powerful effect to capture the sometimes surreal, often surprisingly beautiful vistas of the military at work, with an emphasis on descriptive and compositional precision and subtlety of palette. Events Ashore began when the artist was invited to photograph US naval ships preparing for deployment to Iraq, the first in a series of visits to battleships, humanitarian missions in Africa and Asia, training exercises and scientific missions in the Arctic and Antarctic. As Le explains, these trips allowed her to study close at hand the military's non-combat activities, becoming "a launching point for an examination of the US military on the global stage across oceans and borders as a symbol of conflict, an echo of the age of exploration and an unlikely (and unsung) force in the unfolding environmental crisis.
Artist(s):Le, An-My
Indexing: Western, Non-Western in a Western Style, Asia (Western Style) — United States, Vietnam — Post-2000 — Photography — Women Artists, Other American Minority Artists
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 164495
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