Exhibitions, New York

Two Great Exhibits in New York as the 10th Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq Approaches

Two great exhibits featuring work by two VII photographers, Franco Pagetti and Gary Knight, are opening in New York City next week. I will be in New York next week and hope to make it to both. Jamie Wellford, formerly of Newsweek, one of my favorite people and finest photo editors helped curate Pagetti’s show at the VII Gallery. Here are the details for both shows:

Baghdad Iraq April 11 2003
A gilded chair sits in the middle of Saddam Hussein’s Salaam Palace which was destroyed earlier by intensive U.S. aerial bombardment. ©Franco Pagetti/VII

Flashback, Iraq
by Franco Pagetti
March 12 – April 12, 2013
VII Gallery
Brooklyn, NY

Photographer Franco Pagetti arrived in Iraq three months before the American bombs fell on March 19, 2003. Photographing under the watchful eye of Saddam’s minders and secret police proved to be easier than what followed. Journalists would soon need the protection of armed men and a chase car and, by 2005, even that become prohibitive. Violence spiraled out of control with daily bombings and kidnapping threats. The only way to cover the story was to be surrounded by even more men with guns, that is, to be embedded with the American military. Amidst these risks, Pagetti continued to return through 2008 and became one of the few western journalists to cover the changing tides of the war. Looking back, he compares his time in Iraq to, “watching the sea and following a wave, going up and down, up and down.”

This exhibition is curated by Alice Gabriner and James Wellford.

©The Diaries of Lt. Timothy McLaughlin USMC

©The Diaries of Lt. Timothy McLaughlin USMC

Invasion: Diaries and Memories of War in Iraq
by Tim McLaughlin, Gary Knight and Peter Maass
March 14, 2013
March 15 – April 19, 2013
Thursdays and Fridays 4PM – 7PM
Saturdays and Sundays 1PM – 5PM

WHEN THE INVASION began in 2003, Lt. Tim McLaughlin drove a Marine Corps tank into Iraq. Writer Peter Maass and photographer Gary Knight drove SUVs rented from Hertz. This project is the result of their paths crossing in the Iraqi desert-turned-warzone. Invasion: Diaries and Memories of War in Iraq, which opens March 14 at the Bronx Documentary Center in New York City, is a multimedia exhibit that features McLaughlin’s remarkable war diaries along with photographs by Knight and texts by Maass. The exhibit is timed to the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.