Vietnam Street Photographs
Before Your Elders You Must Stand
The Glass Menagerie, Manhattan Style
Neil O. Lawner
The Children of Vigário Geral
In June, the gallery is proud to present six geographically diverse and provocative solo shows ranging from Kenneth Hoffman’s images of Vietnam taken while he was an Army Lieutenant during the war to Robert Kalman’s images of the elders of Larreynaga, Nicagara to Neil O. Lawner’s amusing look at New York City’s holiday windows. Irene Imfeld’s Vacant Nests, the third and final portfolio selected from our annual International Portfolio Competition rounds out the exhibition.
EXHIBITION DATES: June 8, 2016 – July 2, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: Tuesday, June 7, 2016, from 6pm to 8pm. Everyone welcome.
I was an Army Lieutenant working for the Department of Defense as a photographer-film director in Vietnam from June 1969 to June 1970. This period was marked by some of the war’s most challenging times including the US Cambodian incursion which I covered. While the war itself was the most photographed war in history and has even been called “The living room war,” the culture of Vietnam and the lives of its people during this time was not recorded to the same extent. These photos take the point of view of the photographer as observer discovering the people of Vietnam in the midst of their war-torn country. From the Montagnard tribesman in Pleiku to the street children of Saigon, I sought whenever possible to look beyond the war itself—to record the people whose inner dignity showed through the circumstances into which they were forced. Among my most haunting recollections are the faces of the street children (Bui Doi or “Dust of Life”) and their soulful stares. I have attempted to preserve this aspect of the war lest it might be forgotten—to all our losses.