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Author: An-My Lê; Richard B Woodward; Hilton Als
Publisher: New York N.Y. : Aperture : D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"An-My Le was born in Vietnam in 1960 and came to the United States as a political refugee at age fifteen. She returned to Vietnam several times in 1994-98, creating stunning large-format, black-and-white photographs, expertly printed in a middle-gray scale reminiscent of Robert Adams. These images do not address the war specifically, but rather represent Le's attempt to reconcile memories of her childhood home with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
Named Person: An-My Lê; An-My Lê
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: An-My Lê; Richard B Woodward; Hilton Als
ISBN: 1931788820 9781931788823
OCLC Number: 62469973
Description: 128 pages : illustrations ; 23 x 31 cm
Contents: Essay / by Richard B. Woodward --
Interview / with Hilton Als --
Biography.
Responsibility: [photographs by] An-My Le ; [essay by Richard B. Woodward ; interview with Hilton Als].

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"An-My Le was born in Vietnam in 1960 and came to the United States as a political refugee at age fifteen. She returned to Vietnam several times in 1994-98, creating stunning large-format, black-and-white photographs, expertly printed in a middle-gray scale reminiscent of Robert Adams. These images do not address the war specifically, but rather represent Le's attempt to reconcile memories of her childhood home with the contemporary landscape that now confronted her. The war haunts the images in eerie metaphors: dozens of kites double as dive-bombing planes; crop fires and construction sites recall napalm and mass graves." "In 1999 Le began working with Vietnam War reenactors in Virginia who restage battles as well as the training and daily life of soldiers - both Viet Cong and American GIs. For four summers, she not only photographed but participated in battles of the Vietnam War restaged on her adopted American soil. Relating to both documentary and staged photography, the work is both aesthetically rigorous and conceptually challenging. Soldiers at rest give themselves up to portraiture, while battle compositions recognizable from classic war photojournalism possess the qualities of a dream. Most recently, Le has photographed exercises performed by the U.S. military in the American desert in preparation for maneuvers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Small Wars collects these three eloquent series in one volume."--BOOK JACKET.

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