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Capturing The Conflict Zone: War Photography Exhibit Debuts

By Samantha Abernethy in Arts & Entertainment on May 8, 2011 6:00PM

A new national multimedia exhibit debuted downtown Saturday, featuring images from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by 22 top-rate combat journalists and military veterans. This is the first stop for the exhibit on its nationwide tour.

"Conflict Zone" was inspired by Joao Silva, a New York Times photographer who lost both legs in a landmine blast while on assignment in Afghanistan. The collection also includes work from Chris Hondros, who died April 20 in Libya while on assignment for Getty Images.

The exhibit includes photography by Ben Brody, Alan S. Brown, Andrea Bruce, Joel Chaverri, Sig Christenson, Jed Conklin, Kathleen Flynn, Jason P. Howe, Diandra Jay, Kimberly Johnson, Alex Kingsbury, Greg Marinovich, Jeff Newton, Ayman Oghanna, Holly Pickett, Bill Putnam, Joao Silva, Cesar Soriano, Jackie Spinner, Scott Wallace and Michael Yon.

The photos are on display at Expo 72 Gallery, 72 E. Randolph Street, across from the Chicago Cultural Center. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. until June 18. Conflict Zone is 100 percent volunteer, created by the Independence Fund (). It is presented in partnership with the National Veterans Art Museum, the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Chicago Office of Tourism.