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August 06

August 06׳

images in the series "August 06" were taken in the summer of 2006, during the cease-fire between Israel and Lebanon. These photographs portray the war taking place at that time as an indeterminate state, a dark cloud that is at once present and absent.

They do not capture familiar wartime imagery, but rather the traces of a war and the vestiges of its contaminating presence. In this sense, they entertain a dialogue with photographs taken during the American Civil War, which were captured by landscape photographers. Like those nineteenth-century photographers, I bring the tradition of landscape photography into the frame, rather than simply attempting to document some form of military action. In this context the clouds of dust and smoke, the scorched fields, and the improvised paths all functions as signs that distill a pervasive sense of uncertainty.

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