May 18, 2007

A Devastated Gun Tower near Quang Tri, Vietnam

A Devastated Gun Tower near Quang Tri, Vietnam


Leo Rubinfien

(American, b. 1953)

Chromogenic process color print (printed 1993)

Image: 49 x 59.5 cm (19 5/16 x 23 7/16 in.); Paper: 49.2 x 60.3 cm (19 3/8 x 23 3/4 in.); Matted: 71.1 x 81.3 cm (28 x 32 in.)

Gift of Cynthia N. Mayer in memory of Estelle Johnson 1994.289

Impression: 1



Between 1979 and 1988, Leo Rubinfien, an American who lived in Japan during his youth, created a body of color photographs that resulted from his extensive travels in Japan, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Burma, India, Vietnam, and the Philippines. With a sensitive and inquisitive eye, he recorded the ways that these deeply traditional Asian cultures were adapting to a global economy. Firmly rooted in the documentary tradition, this striking image suggests Vietnam's recent history. The bomb-scarred foreground and partially destroyed gun tower serve as reminders of political struggle, poignantly contrasted with the surrounding, richly fertile farmland.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance, may not be currently accurate. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

All images and data available through Open Access can be downloaded for free. For images not available through Open Access, a detail image, or any image with a color bar, request a digital file from Image Services.