Art and Photography at the Imperial War Museum, London

Recently we took a trip to the Imperial War Museum in London, having not visited since they did a major refurb a couple of years ago.  Alongside all the other excellent exhibits, they have some really high quality documentary and conflict photography, and art.  I'm going to share some of my favourites below in this short post.  Clearly I give full credit to the photographers/artists of the original images, and I've tried to reference them as much as possible.

These images were taken by Lance Corporal Andy Martin, from the 2nd Batallion, Royal Anglian Regiment, in Derry, Northern Ireland (1981).  They show a stark, violent, deserted city, and get across what it might have been like during the riots.  The prints are really high quality, and reveal lots of detail that you can't quite make out in my images of them above.

Next up are some illustrations from renowned war artist Linda Kitson.  Kitson was on deployment with the British Army during the Falklands War, and sketched over 400 images.  Many of the sketches came straight out of her sketchbook, drawn right in the middle of key events, such as the burning of the Sir Galahad.  

On the other side of level 2, there are some fascinating items from the Iraq war, including this wall mural.  There were a few different pieces of propaganda in this area, including this one of Saddam.  Regardless of the subject matter, the art work is really high quality.

This last set of images is from the Edmund Clark: War on terror exhibition.  This is a strange, eerie but fascinating exhibit, looking at the treatment of terror suspects in both the US and UK.  This set of 4 images are printed very large, and are the only things on this wall.  Many of Clark's images are completely void of people, for example there are further images later on in the exhibition of safe houses in the UK. They are so empty, of both people and possessions - but I suppose that was his point.  The main feeling from this exhibit is loneliness. 

These are only a handful of some of the great photography and art on display at the IWM.  I encourage everyone to go and take a look - it's always better to see these high quality images in person.