Collective War Memories: Photos

by Anne Wilkes Tucker

From the Violence & Peace in Contemporary Art Symposium

Photographs as Collective Memories of War: Expectations and Surprises
Photography curator Anne Wilkes Tucker explains her project focused on representing the reality and effects of war. She explains the types of photographs that are taken during war and the lasting knowledge and significance that these photographs can bring to their audiences.

Anne Wilkes Tucker
Anne Wilkes Tucker is the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She founded the photography department at the museum, which today has a collection of over 20,000 photographs. She has curated over forty exhibitions during her career. Her current exhibition, co-curated with Will Michels, War/Photography: Photographs of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath, opened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (November 11 – February 3, 2013), and will travel to the Annenberg Space For Photography, Los Angeles (March 23-June 2, 2013). In addition, Tucker has lectured throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America. She is a recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and The Getty Center. Considered a leading authority of fine art photography, TIME magazine honored her as "America's Best Curator,” in 2001.

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