September 4 – November 25, 2012
Over a four-year period beginning in 1995, photographer Craig J. Barber, ex-combat Marine, returned to Vietnam to traverse many of his former military routes, making images with an 8×10 inch pinhole camera. Part cathartic exercise, part curiosity about what had become of this once war-torn country, Barber has created a series of diptych and triptych panorama platinum images that capture the serene beauty of the country and, at times for him, the all-too-memorable landscapes.
The images Barber has captured are not documentary images. The minutes-long exposure required to record pinhole images produce blurring in anything that was in motion during the exposure; this sense of movement contributes to both a sense of mystery and a dreamlike, introspective quality. They will appeal to a wide audience and to Vietnam veterans who may find some comfort, as does Craig Barber, in seeing Vietnam in a different light.
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.
6:00 p.m. Thursday, October 18, 2012
Artist Talk: Craig Barber