A Devastated Gun Tower near Quang Tri, Vietnam

A Devastated Gun Tower near Quang Tri, Vietnam

1984

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

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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.

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