Child soldiers, emotional homecomings and medical rescues are among the images seen in ''WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath,'' a large exhibition currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Philip Jones Griffiths's 1968 shot of a young Vietnamese boy wearing a seemingly oversize helmet and combat boots has a special impact when viewers learn a bit about the child. ''Called 'Little Tiger' for killing two 'Viet Cong women cadre' — his mother and teacher, it was rumored, Vietnam'' reads the title card. Micha Bar-Am’s 1976 photo The return from Entebbe, Ben-Gurion Airport, Israel, from his series Promised Land, shows a middle-aged woman embracing a young man in uniform, her face contorted in her extreme relief and happiness. Henri Huet's 1966 photo of a hovering helicopter with a body in mid-air under it is startling. At first glance, the body seems to be falling, but the title card reveals it's actually a dead soldier being raised up to an evacuation helicopter.
The exhibit covers more than 165 years of conflict, from the Mexican-American War of the mid-1800s to the current combat in the Middle East and Africa. ''WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY'' is a timed entry exhibit and requires a separate ticket.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Nov. 11. Continues through Feb. 3, 2012
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