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Theater & art

Photography Review

War as art through camera lens

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Television made Vietnam “the living-room war”: the first military conflict seen in people’s homes. That decade-long stream of images on the nightly news became its own environment, a visual texture, all dank greens and muddy browns. The flood of pixels was at once barely mediated (hence its enormous political impact) and all but undifferentiated (hence its capacity to numb).

For mediation and differentiation, one looked elsewhere, to the discrete images provided by such gifted photojournalists as Larry Burrows, Don McCullin, Eddie Adams, Horst Faas, Henri Huet, Nick Ut. All of them have photographs in “Visual Dispatches From the Vietnam War.” It runs at the Currier Museum of Art through Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

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