Francis Connelly, connelly-the-grotesque

First World War

Richard Cork, A Bitter Truth (Art and the First World War):




– Adam Hochschild, To End All Wars, 2011
also a movie; book review in The Guardian and in the New York Times

– War Horse, movie

– John Keegan, The Battle of Somme 1916, from: The Face of Battle

Spanish Civil War:

– review of two books on the role of international intellectuals in the Spanish Civil War:

– Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls, 1940 (on the Spanish Civil War), or the film by Sam Wood 1943

– Andre Malraux, Man’s Hope (1937) or the film Days of Hope (1945), by Edouard Corniglion-Milinier

Jake and Dinos Chapman: Hell

Video Interview with Jake

another interview with both artists

On their Goya Portfolio:

Necessary Violence: The Rectification of Goya by the Chapman Brothers, by Nancy Hightower (elucidating how the reworking of the prints is grotesque)

For Monday, Feb. 6

Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others


Chapter 1: Sarah and Kyle

Chapter 2: Dayton

Chapter 3: Schuyler and Ian

Chapter 4: Langley

Chapter 5: Gracie

Chapter 6: Jack

Chapter 7: Allie

Chapter 8: Michelle

Chapter 9: all

On War Photography


WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath
Anne Wilkes Tucker, Will Michels, and Natalie Zelt, 2012
Catalog accompanying an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston

The exhibition explores the experience of war through the eyes of photographers, gathering together nearly 500 objects, including photographs, books, magazines, albums, and photographic equipment. Iconic photographs as well as unknown images are recorded by more than 280 photographers, from 28 nations, span 165 years and 6 continents, from the Mexican-American War to present-day conflicts.

Here is an NPR review of the show.

Hilary Roberts. War Photographers. A special breed?

NPR report on a book of Chris Hondros’ photographs.

Movie “Bang Bang Club,” about a group of photographers in South Africa during the apartheid.

Sebastian Junger remembers Tim Hetherington

Lyndsey Addario at War, Aperture no201 24-33, 78-9 Winter 2010
Discusses the work of American photojournalist Lynsey Addario (b. 1973), recording journeys the author has made with her to cover conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Considers the role of photojournalism and the motivation for representing tragedy, explores the complicated relationship between the soldier and the journalist, and highlights the situation of women soldiers. Comments on Addario’s anger at the failure of newspapers and magazines to publish certain photographs for political reasons.

Steve McCurry, I don’t think pictures are worth dying for, but I don’t want to live knowing I was timid.

Photojournalism during the Spanish Civil War

The Mexican Suitcase

4,000 U.S. Deaths, and a Handful of Images,” a New York Times article on censorship during the war in Iraq, 2008

Turning the Lens on War
Eye of the Storm: American Combat Photographers

Women War Photographers
How Women are changing the nature of war photography

The shot that nearly killed me: War photographers – a special report, The Guardian, 2011

Bringing the War Home, Exhibition 2010, Impressions Gallery, London
– review in Art Radar Asia

On Memorials and Mourning:

Young Antiredemptory Memorials

Young The End of the Monument


Cavallini on Lida Abdul

Maya Lin Making the Memorial

On Taryn Simon:

On Taryn Simon’s An Occupation of Loss, The New Yorker

New York Times on An Occupation of Loss

WNYC 7 min. piece on An Occupation of Loss (sound!)

Vogue on An Occupation of Loss, based on an interview with the artist