War is an ugly, cruel affair that has been endlessly discussed, contested, advocated, and above all, documented. From the earliest staged Civil War battle scenes to the barrage of images depicting the war in Afghanistan in recent years, photographers have walked alongside soldiers and victims alike, painting the romance and ravages of war as they document the conquerors and the victims, the battle scenes and the aftermath of destruction. War photography often resorts in shouting the cruelties of war, forcing its audience to visually confront its horrors. The resulting images, bluntly exposing the face of war, may disgust and shock, but the viewer must struggle to relate, much less engage with its content.
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