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Where Have All The Flowers Gone: Images of War
December 14, 2019 - February 8, 2020Free
The folk song by Pete Seeger tells the circular story of life, extracted from the novel, “And Quiet Flows the Don”. The lyrics evolved and the song remains one of the most popular anti-war songs in our history. In brief, the circular tale goes like this:
Where have all the flowers gone? Girls have picked them every one.
Where have all the young girls gone? Gone to husbands every one.
Where have all the husbands gone? Gone for soldiers every one.
Where have all the soldiers gone? Gone to graveyards every one.
Where have all the graveyards gone? Gone to Flowers every one.
When will they ever learn?
PDNB Gallery’s Director, and Vietnam War veteran, Burt Finger, has organized a long awaited group exhibition dealing with the subject of war. Many photojournalists are included in this powerful exhibition, including LIFE photographer, Larry Burrows, who died in Vietnam.
Photographs from one of his most notable Vietnam photo essays, One Ride with Yankee Papa 13, from 1965, will be featured. Burrows photographs James Farley, who participates in a very difficult day of combat. The moving series was published in the April 16th issue of LIFE, showing the young marine becoming a man in one tragic day of duty.
Also featured, one of the most memorable war images by Russian photojournalist, Evgeny Khaldey, was taken nine days after the Russian troops seized Berlin. Red Army soldiers climbed to the roof of the Reichstag, flying the Soviet flag that Khaldey had retrieved for the victory shot. The image, like Joe Rosenthal’s flag raising, became symbolic of Victory in WWII.
Woodblock prints from Don Schol’s requiem, War Cuts, will be included. As an Officer and Combat Artist, Schol performed his task of creating art, based on his war-time experience. Artists have been embedded in the American military since 1917, and in 1966, the U.S. Army Vietnam Combat Artists Program was established as a part of this official art program.
Photographs of military weapons will be exhibited by Dallas photographer, Don Netzer. These spare, but detailed images of military guns show the beauty of their craftsmanship and the power they can yield. The images include the Colt 1911 and the Colt Single Action Army revolver, aka the Peacemaker.
Other featured photographers include: Robert Capa, Teun Voeten, Micha Bar-Am, Eugene Zaluzhny, John Albok, Don Netzer, Bill Owens, Elliott Erwitt and some anonymous press photos. More photojournalists are included.
PDNB Gallery will be hosting various educational events throughout the show.