FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Exhibition in the South Gallery: November 15 - December 22, 2007
Opening reception: Thursday November 15, 6-8pm
Steven Kasher Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of Timothy Greenfield-Sanders portraits of wounded veterans of the war in Iraq. Greenfield-Sanders was commissioned by HBO to photograph soldiers whose injuries include devastating brain damage, triple amputation and blindness. The pictures were made to accompany the HBO documentary special Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq produced by three-time Emmy® winner James Gandolfini, his first project after “The Sopranos” – and the first production for his Attaboy Films. The documentary features interviews by Mr. Gandolfini with 10 grievously wounded soldiers who talk about the physical and emotional cost of war through memories of their “alive day,” the day they narrowly escaped death in Iraq.
As Peter Applebome writes in a New York Times article of September 27, 2007 “Soldiers’ Portraits Make the Costs of War Visible:”
There’s Dawn Halfaker, a West Point graduate, holding the prosthesis for her missing right arm like a part of herself that’s become temporarily disconnected. There’s Mike Jernigan, one eye socket empty, the other with a plastic eye studded with diamonds from the wedding ring his wife returned to him when they divorced after his return from Iraq. There’s John Jones, all business in his Marine uniform above the waist, two robotic legs naked below.
For Mr. Greenfield-Sanders, best known for portraits of artists and other celebrities, the task was in some ways an alien one. “In most portraits you take, you’re trying to highlight someone’s best qualities, the best angle of their face, their beautiful hair,” he said. “Here you’re trying to, in a sense, highlight their frailty, their injury. It’s an awkward thing to do, to show the world someone missing their arm or three limbs.”
The hardest by far was the one of Mr. Jernigan. “So much of what I do is about people’s eyes, the concentration in their eyes as they look at the camera,” he said. “And here’s a guy whose eye is diamond and plastic.”
Mr. Greenfield-Sanders’ photographs have quickly become part of the visual landscape of the war — used in HBO advertising, in huge prints at the Donnell Library across from the Museum of Modern Art, scheduled to be shown at exhibitions in Stockholm, Miami and elsewhere.
Greenfield-Sanders says: “I think we need to see this. We don’t see the dead coming back in coffins. We’re sheltered from the injured. We just don’t see it. It’s all been brilliantly hidden from view. So this documentary is very important in letting us see these people, let us know who they are, and make us ask if this war is worth it.”
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' portraits are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, among others. In 2004, seven hundred of his art world portraits were accepted into the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders has five books in print: "Art World"(Fotofolio), "Timothy Greenfield-Sanders" his first monograph, (Alberico Cetti Serbelloni Editori), "XXX: 30 Porn- Star Portraits" (Bulfinch Press) "Face to Face" (Skira) and "Look: Portraits Backstage at Olympus Fashion Week" (Powerhouse).
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