Clark Art Presents Talk by War Photographer

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Sunday, May 29 at 2 pm, the Clark Art Institute will host a conversation with award-winning war photographer James Nachtwey on his experiences photographing war. 
 
Presented in conjunction with the Clark's exhibition As They Saw It: Artists Witnessing War, the lecture is presented live in the Clark's auditorium and broadcast simultaneously on Zoom and Facebook Live (@clarkartinstitute).
 
Nachtwey addresses the ever-changing field of photojournalism and its digital relationship with the world. In addition to discussing the government, the press, and the role social media plays, Nachtwey shares insights on his assignments in Afghanistan and, more recently, Ukraine, where he worked in February and March of this year.
 
Nachtwey's talk complements the Clark's special exhibition "As They Saw It: Artists Witnessing War." On view in the Eugene V. Thaw Gallery of the Clark's Manton Research Center through May 30, this exhibition presents four centuries of war imagery from Europe and the United States.
 
"As They Saw It" brings together a diverse selection from the Clark's holdings: both pro- and anti-Napoleonic imagery (including Francisco de Goya's Disasters of War); Civil War photographs and wood engravings; and multiple perspectives on World War I. The exhibition features a selection of recently acquired photographs of Black Americans in military service, documenting the contributions of individuals whose service has long been underrepresented in the historical record.
 
This event is free, but advance registration for the Zoom transmission is required. Register at clarkart.edu/events.

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