Images of War and Peace… twenty years on

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Activist, Dan Eldon Legacy, Exhibits, Twenty Years On

Los Angeles, California – Dan Eldon’s art journeys on as his work will be included in WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath from November 2012 to June 2013.  The exhibition opens at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, on view November 11, 2012–February 3, 2013. Following the Houston presentation, WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY travels to the Annenberg Space for Photography (Los Angeles, CA), March 3–May 26, 2013; the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.), June 29–September 29, 2013; and the Brooklyn Museum, November 8, 2013–February 2, 2014.  At the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, the exhibit will include an original documentary film produced exclusively for the gallery’s high-resolution 4K screens.


WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath includes nearly 500 objects, including photographs, books, magazines, albums and photographic equipment. The photographs were made by over 280 photographers from 28 nations who have covered conflict on six continents over 165 years, from the Mexican-American War in 1846 through present-day conflicts.  The exhibition takes a critical look at the relationship between war and photography, exploring what types of photographs are, and are not, made, and by whom and for whom, during wartime. Rather than presenting a chronological survey of wartime photographs or a survey of “greatest hits,” the curators have identified types of photographs repeatedly made during the many phases of war—regardless of the size or cause of the conflict, the photographers’ or subjects’ culture or the era in which the pictures were made.

Eldon-Journalism-large-captures_175109-16x20Nearly five years ago, in a space above a club that Dan had patronized when he was 17 and living in New York, Dan Eldon captured the hearts and minds of New York with an amazing one night exhibit.  Over 29 works were sold that night to major collectors, establishing Dan as an artist worthy of a spread in The Arts section of the New York Times on December 27, 2007.  After an extended gallery in SoHo devoted to his work, Dan’s work moved out to galleries and traveling exhibits worldwide.  Dan’s work is beloved in over 40 countries.

In 2012, the Dan Eldon Exhibit was invited to exhibit at the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival where “Dying to Tell the Story” premiered, and is still a core part of the Mountainfilm’s Making Movies That Matter (MMTM) education initiative. Over 40 pieces of Dan’s work were also on display and for sale at Soho House West Hollywood in Los Angeles.

Look out for Dan Eldon’s work in 2013: from an exhibit of artists and their journals to a photojournalism exhibit touring major universities, a virtual gallery to journal workshops and film festivals. The college tour is an in-depth look at Dan as a photojournalist and will showcase Dan’s photojournalism images along with newly printed journal pages. The College Tour opened at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.  Dan’s art and journals will be at  Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, Colorado – February 1 through March 31 2013 and the Durango Film Festival.

A feature length movie based on his life, “The Journey is the Destination” is set to start filming in 2013, directed by Bronwen Hughes.

“Dan Eldon blazed through his short life like a meteor, leaving a trail that awes with its intensity and beauty.”          USA Today

For more information on booking this exhibit please contact: Cynthia Young

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Reuters photojournalist Dan Eldon was killed at age 22 by an angry mob while on assignment in Somalia during the 1990s. Although his life was short, Eldon lived his years with voracious passion, leading an aid mission across Africa, working as a graphic designer for Mademoiselle Magazine, publishing a book, directing a short film and creating 17 extraordinarily powerful volumes of art work, all before the age of 22.