Ghosts in the Landscape: Vietnam Revisited

©2006 Craig J. Barber, courtesy George Eastman House

Visual Arts
September 10 – November 17
Ghosts in the Landscape: Vietnam Revisited
Photographs by Craig Barber

The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents Ghosts in the Landscape: Vietnam Revisited, featuring photographs by Craig J. Barber, from September 10 through November 17. Over a four-year period beginning in 1995, photographer Craig Barber, an ex-combat Marine, returned to Vietnam to traverse many of his former military routes, making images with an 8×10 inch pinhole camera. Intended in part as cathartic exercise and in part curiosity about what had become of this once war-torn country, the series of diptych and triptych panorama platinum images created by Barber capture the serene beauty of the country and, at times for the artist, all too memorable landscapes.

The images Barber captured are not documentary. The minutes-long exposure required to record pinhole images produce blurring in anything in motion during the exposure; this sense of movement contributes to both a feel of mystery and a dreamlike, introspective quality.

This exhibition has been organized by the George Eastman House & Museum. The presentation of this exhibition is supported by an arts program grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Friends of the Library & Gallery, the Libby Kuhn Endowment Fund and the American Legion Towson Post #22, as well as individual contributions.

Thursday, October 18
Craig J. Barber, Artist lecture
6 pm, Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Photographer Craig J. Barber will speak about his work featured in Ghosts in the Landscape.

Talk to be followed by Q&A session and reception.

The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 4 pm, on Thursday until 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 1 – 5 pm. Admission is free. For more information call 410-455-2270.

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