''Soldier, at Ease''

Native Texan and photographer Erin Trieb was in her mid-twenties when she sold all of her furniture to fund a ticket to Afghanistan, where she started photographing soldiers in war. One of a trio of photographers with work in the exhibit ''Soldier, at Ease,'' on view at the Houston Center for Photography, Trieb is presenting her series The War at Home. HCP Curator Libbie J. Masterson tells us, ''For this exhibit, we wanted to focus on the soldier's life outside of direct combat, what they are doing when they are off-duty, on leave, when they've retired and returned home. Erin's work illustrates that. Erin has been tracking soldiers on duty and then [on leave]. Some is the happy return and some is the not-so-happy return; some are funeral sites and memorial services.''

Like Trieb, Tim Hetherington and Louie Palu spent months living alongside the soldiers they photographed. ''That's what's so special about these three photographers,'' says HCP Executive Director Bevin Bering Dubrowski. ''These are not the people that go in for an assignment for a week; they’re staying for months and months with the same people. And they don't take the picture until the person is ready. I think that says why the works in this exhibit are so strong. You see that connection between the photographer and the soldier.''

There's an opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. November 8. Regular viewing hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Through January 6.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Nov. 8. Continues through Jan. 6, 2012

 
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