War photography exhibit debuts in Houston museum

November 11, 2012 • Entertainment

In this Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 photo, photographer Don McCullin views some of the works in the Houston Museum of Fine Arts’ war photography exhibit in Houston. The exhibit includes the work of 280 photographers from 28 nations covering the Mexican-American war in 1846 to present-day. McCullin has four photos in the exhibit. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

HOUSTON (AP) — It was a moment Nina Berman did not expect to capture when she entered an Illinois wedding studio in 2006. She knew Tyler Ziegel had been horribly injured, his face mutilated beyond recognition by a suicide bombing in the Iraq War. She knew he was marrying his pretty high school sweetheart, perfect in a white, voluminous dress.

It was their expressions that were surprising.

“People don’t think this war has any impact on Americans? Well here it is,” Berman says of the image of a somber bride staring blankly, unsmiling at the camera, her war-ravaged groom alongside her, his head down.

“This was even more shocking because we’re used to this kind of over-the-top joy that feels a little put on, and then you see this picture where they look like survivors of something really serious,” Berman added.

The photograph that won a first place prize in the World Press Photos Award contest will stand out from other battlefield images in an exhibit “WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Login to read more

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