Visit Rose Farm at Gettysburg with War Photographer Louie Palu
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Visit Gettysburg with War Photographer Louie Palu
VIDEO | Visit the Rose Farm at Gettysburg National Military Park with Louie Palu, and hear about his experiences as a war photographer. Palu focuses on what it must have been like for Alexander Gardner as he photographed the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg in July, 1863. This video was created as part of the Eyes of War project, featuring three giants in the field of combat photography, whose work from the beaches of Normandy to the mountains of Kandahar has been seen by millions.
Palu is a Canadian documentary photographer and filmmaker known for covering social-political issues, including war and human rights. In addition to covering the war in Kandahar, Afghanistan for four years beginning in 2006, he also documented the drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border between 2011 and 2012 and the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. A 2019 Artist in Residence at Gettysburg National Military Park, in March 2020 he completed his 24th trip to the Arctic to document the Canadian military and local volunteers training in those extreme conditions.
Sipping his coffee on the front porch of the Klingle Farm House at Gettysburg National Military Park (NMP), Louie Palu is relaxed. Nearing the end of his month-long stay as part of the park’s Artist in Residence Program, he has had plenty of time to reflect on this battlefield, its beauty and its meaning. He has given a great deal of thought to both the vast differences it bears from and the undeniable similarities it holds to the battlefields where he has stood under very different conditions.
Award-winning documentary photographer James Nachtwey reflects on his experiences, noting, “In many ways a photographic image is the first thing that enters one’s mind when we think about a historical event that occurred since the invention of photography.”
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