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Bill Putnam and M. Scott Mahaskey co-exhibition

Check it. March 9. 4-6 p.m. EST. Glen Echo Photo Works (just outside DC). Punch and pie will be served.

by Bill Putnam at 2008-02-04 14:35:12 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Washington, DC , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Awesome…congrats you guys…what are the dates the show will be up?

by [former member] | 04 Feb 2008 14:02 | Boston, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks, Sarah. March 7 – April 6.

by Bill Putnam | 04 Feb 2008 14:02 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Um, stupid question: how do you post images here?

by Bill Putnam | 04 Feb 2008 14:02 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Put the URL of the pic between two exclamation points w/out leading or trailing spaces.

by Olivier Boulot | 04 Feb 2008 15:02 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
CONGRATULATIONS GUYS! :))))…

“punch an pie”….that’s some damn fine hospitality! :))))….

good look guys :))

cheers
bob

by [former member] | 04 Feb 2008 17:02 | toronto, Canada | | Report spam→
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by Bill Putnam | 04 Feb 2008 20:02 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Bill…Good luck with the show.

by Gregory Sharko | 05 Feb 2008 00:02 | Brooklyn, New York, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks, Greg.

by Bill Putnam | 05 Feb 2008 02:02 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
cool , is this the work you did on the good old m6 Bill ? looks magic

by [former member] | 05 Feb 2008 04:02 | Christchurch , New Zealand | | Report spam→
will you post the work at another time for folks not in the dc area? looks great. good luck.

julia

by julia s. ferdinand | 05 Feb 2008 06:02 | chiang mai, Thailand | | Report spam→
Joe,
No sigh these aren’t images made on my lovely M6. They’re digital.

Julia,
I will definitely post them on line. Thanks.

by Bill Putnam | 05 Feb 2008 12:02 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Joe,
To answer your question. I did shoot my Nacthwey Tribute Shot with a Leica — the Digilux 2.
Cheers,
Bill.

by Bill Putnam | 05 Feb 2008 12:02 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
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by Bill Putnam | 05 Feb 2008 13:02 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Congrats. Looking forward to the punch.

by Patrick G. Ryan | 05 Feb 2008 14:02 | Washington, D.C., United States | | Report spam→
Thanks, man. Bring some vodka or something.

by Bill Putnam | 05 Feb 2008 14:02 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Congrats guys, wish I could be there. L

by Liam Maloney | 05 Feb 2008 16:02 | Montreal, QC, Canada | | Report spam→
c’mon down, man. make a road trip!

by Bill Putnam | 05 Feb 2008 21:02 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Mmm… road trip. Now there’s an idea!

by Liam Maloney | 05 Feb 2008 21:02 | Montreal, QC, Canada | | Report spam→
Nice. How recently were you here? Next time you’re in Baghdad, look me up.

by Ben Brody | 05 Feb 2008 23:02 | Baghdad, Iraq | | Report spam→
Congrats, Bill

by Aaron J. Heiner | 06 Feb 2008 00:02 | Washington DC, United States | | Report spam→
Road trips rule, Liam!

Ben, I haven’t been back since June 2006. Considering going back this summer. Yes, I know the heat…

Thanks, Aaron.

by Bill Putnam | 06 Feb 2008 11:02 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
I’m going to trey and find some time to make it down to see your exhibit. I can’t hep but wonder over the past 15+ years of shooting in DC, we’ve crossed paths and never realized it.

by Aaron J. Heiner | 07 Feb 2008 00:02 | Washington DC, United States | | Report spam→
I’ve only been in DC full time since January 2007, dude.

by Bill Putnam | 07 Feb 2008 12:02 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Here’s the press release for the exhibition. It would be great if y’all could make it.

RESTRICTED DISTRIBUTION
Recent Images from Iraq
M. Scott Mahaskey and Bill Putnam
Exhibit March 7 – April 6, 2008
Opening Reception: Sunday, March 9, 4-6pm
Artist Talk: *Saturday, March 15, 4pm

As part of its annual celebration of documentary photography, Photo Works at Glen Echo Park, Md., is proud to exhibit the work of two superb photojournalists whose images of the Iraq War are riveting, profoundly moving and disconcertingly beautiful.

“Restricted Distribution-Recent Images from Iraq” highlights the work of Bill Putnam, 33, and M. Scott Mahaskey, 36, each of whom has covered the Iraq war from the unique perspective of photojournalists embedded with American forces.

Mahaskey, currently a photojournalist employed by Gannett’s Army Times Publishing Company, spent more than twelve months as a photographer embedded in Iraq and Afghanistan. His portfolio of images made inside a battlefield junkyard in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, is a unique look into the scars of battle against an insurgent enemy.

Putnam was an Army photojournalist deployed to Baghdad in 2004 and returned to Iraq from September 2005 to June 2006 as a civilian freelance journalist. His first year in country was spent in southwest Baghdad covering the 1st Cavalry Division. During his time as a civilian, he embedded with several units notably the 10th Mountain Division and 101st Airborne Division. All told, he spent 22 months in Iraq from February 2004 to June 2006. The images of his portfolio were made on operations all over the country, Sinjar to Baghdad, and represent, to a limited degree, the human cost of the war during that time.

“It was hard to not be moved by the totality of destruction,” Mahaskey said in describing his photographs of military vehicles and other hardware that had been blown apart and riddled by gunfire. “The stacks of twisted metal were massive and visually overwhelming. In fact, it was unlike anything I had ever seen and I understood quickly that this scene needed to be shared with others.”

Said Putnam of his work, that includes images made during house-to-house searches for insurgents, and in the aftermath of devastating bombings: “I wanted to show the human element of this war. Iraq is an emotionally wrenching subject. You’re either for it or against it and there’s little middle ground. But beyond those debates or arguments are people — both military and civilian — and we mustn’t forget that.”

The work of these two photographers carries on the tradition of great wartime photographers like Larry Burrows, David Hume Kennerly, Dirck Halstead, David Douglas Duncan and Robert Capa. In every image one is aware of war’s human toll.

“It goes without saying that down in the trenches, Iraq is a crazy place, noted Putnam. “War brings out the best and worst of humanity. Often, those natural tendencies happened simultaneously. Hopefully I captured those moments.”

Added Mahaskey, remembering the “clear and silent day” on which he made his junkyard photographs: “It seemed important to step back and record the scene simply and let the subjects themselves suggest a narrative, as if making portraits of the fallen.”

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*Portfolio reviews of documentary projects from 12:30-3:30pm by professional photographers. REGISTER by phone at Photoworks, 301-229-7930. FREE but you must register by Thursday, March 13.

Gallery Hours: Sunday and Wednesday, 1-8pm; all class hours.
Address: 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812
Phone: 301-229-7930
www.glenechophotoworks.org

by Bill Putnam | 16 Feb 2008 19:02 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
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by Bill Putnam | 17 Feb 2008 19:02 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Good G-d I must’ve been so tired on my last reply, that I completely typed out like I was either drunk, or three days without sleep. I’m guessing both.

by Aaron J. Heiner | 21 Feb 2008 01:02 | Washington DC, United States | | Report spam→
S’all good, Aaron. See you at the show.

by Bill Putnam | 21 Feb 2008 01:02 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
congrats, I’ll be there.

by Kristopher Connor | 22 Feb 2008 17:02 | Washington DC, United States | | Report spam→
Awesome.

by Bill Putnam | 22 Feb 2008 18:02 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
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by Bill Putnam | 24 Feb 2008 16:02 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→

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Bill Putnam, Producer. Bill Putnam
Producer.
(Video-Photo)
Washington, D.C. , United States
Olivier Boulot, Photog Olivier Boulot
Photog
Paris , France ( CDG )
Gregory Sharko, photographer Gregory Sharko
photographer
Brooklyn, New York , United States ( JFK )
julia s. ferdinand, photographer julia s. ferdinand
photographer
Chiang Mai , Thailand ( CNX )
Patrick G. Ryan, Photojournalist Patrick G. Ryan
Photojournalist
Washington, D.C. , United States ( DCA )
Liam Maloney, Photojournalist Liam Maloney
Photojournalist
Beirut , Lebanon
Ben Brody, Photojournalist Ben Brody
Photojournalist
Boston , United States ( BOS )
Aaron J. Heiner, Photojournalist Aaron J. Heiner
Photojournalist
(Sleeping his life away)
Baltimore, Md , United States ( IAD )
Kristopher Connor, Freelance Photographer Kristopher Connor
Freelance Photographer
(Photographer)
Chiang Mai , Thailand ( CNX )


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