Outpost Afghanistan: Special Exhibition of Photographs to be Featured at Ana Tzarev Gallery

Exhibition Dates: June 16 through July 24

Opening Reception: June 16 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Jun 15, 2010, 13:14 ET from The Ana Tzarev Gallery

NEW YORK, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ana Tzarev Gallery is presenting Outpost Afghanistan a selection of photographs from award-winning photojournalist Chad Hunt.  Hunt traveled to Afghanistan three times to document the extreme and dangerous conditions; first at Kamdesh in northeast Afghanistan, then the treacherous Korengal Valley and the third time in the South- Eastern province of Paktika.  

"I applied to be embedded with the US military as a freelance photographer," said Hunt. "My main objective was to capture the day-to-day lives of the soldiers and to gain first-hand knowledge of what they were going through. During all of my embeds, I slept in the same bunker as the troops, ate the same MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) and accompanied small platoons on foot patrols through the rugged terrain. The average age of the soldiers was about 21. I found that most of them didn't care or talk about politics, but would rather update their 'Facebook' page or watch the latest music video. After all, not long ago they were on their high school football teams and worrying about their grades. One soldier I met said: 'I joined the Army so I could go to college but all I've done is get shot at.'"

The exhibition includes a powerful, intimate group of images ranging from portraits to patrol scenes.

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The Ana Tzarev Gallery features the work of the artist Ana Tzarev as well as presenting an ongoing schedule of special exhibitions of works by other artists consistent with Ana Tzarev's commitment to cultural awareness and social consciousness.  For more information please visit http://www.anatzarev.com.

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