What connects war photography to all my other projects is an attraction to what I don't know, to what is unknown in the field of photography. The Joe Rosenthal print is 3 5/8 x 4 3/8 (9 x 11 cm), small enough to go in an envelope. It inspired Will Michels (co-curator of exhibition), to ask why the museum had collected so few war photos. I asked him to make a list of what we should acquire. Using his list to look at many books on wartime photographs I felt the discussions were limited. Either they were chronological histories that skipped from war to war, mostly those fought by Western armies and covered the highlights with little analysis, or there were monographs on the stars
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