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,
Iraq war veteran and U.S. Marine Tyler Ziegel, who was wounded in a bomb blast and overcame the most horrific injuries, died Christmas Day after slipping on ice in a parking lot of a local restaurant near his hometown in Illinois. He was 30 years old.
I photographed him in 2006 and 2008 and became friends with his mom, Becky. Some people find it too difficult to look at the pictures maybe because his facial injuries were so severe. I kept wanting to look at him. His strength, his odd and dark sense of humor, his lack of self-consciousnesses in front of a camera, and his determination to live a “normal” life was amazing and inspiring to me. My deepest sympathies in these sad days to the Ziegels and the many Marines, caregivers, relatives and friends who loved him.
Photo ©Nina Berman, 2oo8 “Ty on the land of his dreams”
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.