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Warring Visions: Photography and Vietnam

Warring Visions: Photography and Vietnam

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Warring Visions: Photography and Vietnam

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Thy Phu. Duke University Press, Durham, 2022.

248 pp. Well illustrated (some col.). 23 x 15 cm. LC 2021-11956 In English. Paperbound.

ISBN 9781478010753

For the hardcover edition, see Worldwide W033245. Publisher's description: In Warring Visions, Thy Phu explores photography from dispersed communities throughout Vietnam and the Vietnamese diaspora, both during and after the Vietnam War, to complicate narratives of conflict and memory. While the visual history of the Vietnam War has been dominated by American documentaries and war photography, Phu turns to photographs circulated by the Vietnamese themselves, capturing a range of subjects, occasions, and perspectives. Phu's concept of warring visions refers to contrasts in the use of war photos in North Vietnam, which highlighted national liberation and aligned itself with an international audience, and those in South Vietnam, which focused on family and everyday survival. Phu also uses warring visions to enlarge the category of war photography, a genre that usually consists of images illustrating the immediacy of combat and the spectacle of violence, pain, and wounded bodies. She pushes this genre beyond such definitions by analyzing pictures of family life, weddings, and other quotidian scenes of life during the war. Phu thus expands our understanding of how war is waged, experienced, and resolved.

Subject Headings: Asian Art (Western Style) ; Non-Western in a Western Style ; Western Art -- Vietnam -- Post-1945 -- Photography --

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