Portraits of wounded soldiers bring war home

Critic Eye

December 10, 2006|By Glenn McNatt | Glenn McNatt,Sun Art Critic

What makes a photograph art rather than just a picture of something that happened?

Nina Berman's powerful portraits of wounded young soldiers who have returned from Iraq show wasted bodies, terrifying disfigurements and gruesome scars - images that go beyond the ordinary pictures beamed back from Baghdad.

They testify to the searing psychological damage war inflicts on its combatants, as well as the physical injuries they sustain. Collectively, they offer a poignant portrait of America's young soldiers.

Moving Walls 10: Purple Hearts runs through Jan. 19 in the Commons Mezzanine Gallery at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle in Catonsville. Call 410-455-5619.

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