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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Hannah Smith Allen

SPE Member since 2015
Member Chapter: Northeast


In my photographic series Battlegrounds, I depict the iconography of war. I also consider how my own understanding of war (as an American civilian) is mediated through images. Thus, I re-photograph preexisting pictures of battlegrounds in order to show how the material elements of a photograph influence my perception. The war I see is empty, dislocated, and hazy. These images offer a fragile vision of human experience and damaged landscape.

Iraqi War Helmet (found in Fallujah)

Battlefield 3 (Benday Dots, Afghanistan)

Battlefield 2 (History of Photography Lecture 5, After Capa, Spain)

Battlefield 1 (Screen Saver, Iraq)

Fired Bullets

Trigger Finger Mitten

Battlefield 6 (Corrupted File, Iraq)

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