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I.E.D. : war in Afghanistan and Iraq / by David Levinthal ; text edited by David Stanford

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Levinthal, David  Search this
Physical description:
95 pages : chiefly color illustrations, color map ; 29 cm
Pictorial works
Introduction / Oscar Mike -- 1: ROE -- 2: Boots on the ground -- 3: 2300 Zulu -- 4: IED -- 5: Embrace the suck -- Sandbox credits -- Bibliography -- Acknowledgements
From the Publisher: Dealing with war in any context is always a difficult, and often problematic venture. In I.E.D., acclaimed photographer David Levinthal uses toy soldiers and plastic Humvees to attempt to explore and understand the ongoing conflict in Iraq. Why simulate a war with toys when it is already so familiar to us through daily news broadcasts, and so well documented by photojournalists and soldier-generated cell-phone imagery? In part it is because this book is not just a re-creation of the war in Iraq; it is also a commentary about our society and how it is imaging and imagining a war through the use of such direct and immediate signifiers. Never before has there been an instance of such a massive production of toys directly related to a current and unresolved conflict. Levinthal has always viewed toys as both an abstraction and as a tool by which a society and a culture socializes itself. The choice of which and what kind of toys are created, how they are posed, and what they are attempting to represent reflects assumptions about a society's views. I.E.D. is an attempt to look at these questions using the canvas of the war in Iraq, and the new and frightening aspects of this conflict. The acronym I.E.D. (improvised explosive device), unknown to most until just a few years ago, is now a part of our daily vocabulary. By abstracting what is already distant and foreign, Levinthal brings a new perspective to the discourse about this war, going beyond reality to create a new and perhaps more immediate presence.
Photography, Table-top  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
War in art  Search this
Military miniatures  Search this
Iraq War, 2003-2011  Search this
Call number:
TR647.L5573 I43 2009
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Smithsonian Libraries