Confounding Expectations: Photography in Context - Woman, War and Photography: A Tribute to Catherine Leroy

Aperture at The New School Wed 28 Mar 2007 7.00PM-9.00PM The New School, Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street
Free admission
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The Confounding Expectations: Photography in Context series continues with a panel discussion and tribute to Catherine Leroy. Leroy was twenty-one years old when she set out from her native France to Vietnam in 1966. The following year she became the only journalist to partake in a combat jump, and in less than two years, her intrepid reporting made her one of the war's most published photographers. Later she was wounded with a marine unit in the demilitarized zone. Leroy was captured by the North Vietnamese Army during the Tet offensive but managed to talk her way free. The first female recipient of the Robert Capa Award, and the recipient of many others, Leroy's gritty, tough images have been published worldwide and stand as a monument to war reporting. This panel is intended as a tribute, and a way of exploring the changing nature of war photography. Leroy died last year shortly after publishing a new book in collaboration with many writers and photographers who also covered the Vietnam War, entitled Under Fire.

Fred Ritchin, of Pixel Press, delivers a 10 minute introduction about Catherine Leroy's life and work.

Robert Pledge, President of Contact Press Images

Lynsey Addario, photojournalist
Samantha Appleton, photojournalist
David Burnett, photojournalist
Carolyn Cole, photojournalist
Carol Guzy, photojournalist

"Confounding Expectations: Photography in Context" and Aperture Foundation Lecture Series is made possible, in part, by public funds from New York State Council for Arts, a State agency, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. In addition, this program receives generous support from The Kettering Family Foundation and the Henry Nias Foundation.