The Portland Art Museum’s exhibition “Blue Sky at 40” opens today showing 120 works that have been exhibited at the Blue Sky Gallery, also known as the Oregon Center for Photographic Arts. Blue Sky, founded by Christopher Rauschenberg, is a creative, nurturing institution and an essential resource for documentary photographers and educators. Happy birthday Blue Sky!
This image Tyson Johnson III, 2004 from the Purple Hearts series, is part of the exhibition. I’m very grateful to the Portland Art Museum for continuing to show this image – this will be the 3rd time the print has been on display since the Museum acquired it in 2005. The exhibition runs through January 11, 2015.
Putain de Guerre – 1914 – 2014 opens at the fantastic Beaux Arts Museum in Charleroi, Belgium.
I’m grateful to curator Jacques Cerami for selecting prints from the Purple Hearts series, drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection.
The exhibition opens to the public October 4 and is up through December 14.
Photograph: Robert Acosta, 2004
I’ll be exhibiting work from Purple Hearts, Marine Wedding, Fractured: the Shale Play and the Za’atari project at the following venues this fall. Also, please join me at Photoville, in Brooklyn, NY on September 28 for a panel with Andres Serrano and Sam Barzilay.
September 18, 2014 – September 28, 2014
Artist panel with Andres Serrano and Sam Barzilay
September 28, 2014
Palmer Museum of Art
Marcellus Shale Documentary Project
September 23, 2014 – December 14, 2014
University Park, Pennsylvania, USA
Putain de Guerre
October 4, 2014 – December 13, 2014
Manchester Art Gallery
“The Sensory War”
October 11, 2014 – January 25, 2015
Portland Art Museum
“Blue Sky at 40”
October 18, 2014 – January 11, 2015
Portland, Oregon, USA
Tyson Johnson, from the Purple Hearts series, © Photo by Nina Berman, 2004,
Join me for an artist talk at Yale University as part of the Humanities in Medicine lecture series.
January 16, 2014
The Anlyan Center Auditorium, TAC N-107
300 Cedar Street
New Haven, CT
5pm – 6pm
©Photo by Nina Berman, 2004
From the Purple Hearts series
Join me in Los Angeles May 30 for the final Iris Night lecture in conjunction with the War/Photography exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography.
Annenberg Space for Photography
May 30 @ 6:30 – 8pm
2000 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Pre register here
Photo of Sgt Scott Thorne
©Nina Berman, 2006, All Rights Reserved
On this upcoming veterans day, images from Purple Hearts and Marine Wedding will be shown at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Exhibition titled: War/Photography:Images of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath opening November 11. If you are in Houston, please drop by and say hello. Many of the participating photographers will be present.
Purple Hearts is also being shown this month at:
5th European Month of Photography
Exhibiton: The Critical Camera exhibition
through November 17, 2013
Portland Art Museum
Exhibition: Flesh and Bone:Photography and the Body
through January 6, 2013
Portland, Oregon, USA
Honolulu Museum of Art
Exhibition: Courage and Strength
through February 24, 2013
Marine Wedding is also being shown at:
The John Michael Kohler Arts
Group Exhibition: the kids are all right
through January 20, 2013
For a full list of exhibitions, please visit: www.ninaberman.com
Photographs ©Nina Berman, All Rights Reserved
Widows Bakery, Kabul, Afghanistan, 1998 ©Nina Berman All Rights Reserved
I will be exhibiting at four venues in the USA in September. The Honolulu Museum of Art “Courage and Strength” exhibition, featuring 8 large scale Purple Hearts prints along with work by Suzanne Opton, Ashley Gilbertson, the late great Tim Hetherington and Peter Hapak opens September 6. Many thanks to curator Jay Jensen for dreaming up the show.
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, presents “The Kids Are All Right,” opening September 30 and curated by Alison Ferris. I’m delighted to be in the company of my dear friend Andrea Modica and a slew of other amazing photographers. Four Marine Wedding images will be on display. The exhibition travels nationally through 2013.
Sid Monroe’s Monroe Gallery of Photography continues through September 22 with the group exhibition “The Struggle for Human Rights.” I’m joined with my NOOR colleague Yuri Kozyrev and others. The gallery is showing Under Taliban, photographed in Afghanistan in 1998.
Portland Art Museum hosts: Flesh and Bone: The Body and Photography opening September 15, 2012 – January 6, 2013. A print from their permanent collection of Tyson Johnson from Purple Hearts, is on view.
Photographs have infinite lives, once released to the public, they float around and if chance takes hold, they land in welcoming hands, and the conversation continues.
In 2004, the playwright
In October 2003, I met Sgt. Jeremy Feldbusch. He was an Army Ranger, 24 years old at the time. Three weeks into the war he was wounded in an artillery attack near the Haditha Dam. Metal sliced through his head and left him brain damaged and blind. “He sees nothing but darkness,” his mother said. Feldbusch had been the first in his class of 228 rangers. At one time in his life he wanted to be a doctor. Filmmaker Richard Hankin made Home Front about Jeremy and his family.
Two days after meeting Jeremy, I met Sam Ross, 21 years old, who was wounded in Baghdad during a mine clearing operation. Sam lost a leg, half his hearing, and his eyesight. He had shrapnel in his body, and a hole in his right hand. He was living in a trailer in southwestern PA. His mother was out of the picture. His father was incarcerated for murder. Years later, the New York Times, wrote about him. I think about Sam a lot. I’m hoping to see him soon as he just got out of prison.
Alan Jermaine Lewis, 23, lost both his legs when his humvee struck a mine. He was delivering ice to other soldiers at the time. He grew up with an intimate knowledge of violence. His father was killed in a robbery when he was seven. His sister and his best friend, a 6 year old boy, were both killed by stray bullets. I always thought Alan joined the Army to save his life. His dream when he returned was to become a middle school teacher. It didn’t happen for him.
Jose Martinez, 20, was injured in Karbala, three weeks into the war when his vehicle hit a mine and he was trapped in the explosion. He spent a year at Brooke Army Medical Center recovering from his burns. He said the injury was a revelation for him. He had always been a “pretty boy” and relied on his looks. But now he realized it was who you are and what you say that’s important. Some people might recognize Jose. He became a