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Impressions on tour: The Home Front at DLI Museum & Art Gallery, Durham

Thu, 26th Jun, 2014

If you missed The Home Front by Melanie Friend when it premiered at Impressions in autumn 2013, here’s another chance to see the exhibition at Durham Art Gallery from 28 June to 21 September



The Home Front is a set of three related photographic series that together explore the civilian experience of war, with a particular focus on public air shows that take place at Royal Air Force bases, and in the skies above seaside resorts. The first series depicts expansive beachscapes that are temporarily militarised by the fleeting roar of fighter jets, whilst children and holidaymakers look up from below. 

The second series reveals the on-ground attractions of air shows. Frequently billed as a fun day out for the family, Friend captures the humour and unease in scenes of visitors taking tank rides, handling weapons, or trying on military uniforms. 

In the third series, Friend offers a rare glimpse into the environments of international arms fairs and air show trade days, usually off-limits to the general public. Her photographs depict how military technology and services are marketed and sold, from the latest drone aircraft and gold-plated automatic weapons, through to special effects for simulated battle wounds.

Click here to visit Durham Art Gallery’s website

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The Business of War Photography conference, 31 July & 1 August

A two day international conference is being held to coincide with the exhibition on 31 July and 1 August. The Business of War Photography: Producing and Consuming Images of Conflict examines the ways in which issues of supply and demand have shaped the field of war photography. The conference is presented in association with the Centre for Arts and Visual Cultures at Durham University, in partnership with DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery and Impressions Gallery, supported by Royal Historical Society.

For further details and to register, click here. 


Tank Rides at Abingdon Air and County Show, Oxfordshire, 3 May 2009

Tank Rides at Abingdon Air and County Show, Oxfordshire, 3 May 2009

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