US Army Special Forces NCO (non-commissioned officer) who was stationed on an airstrip somewhere in the middle of bad guy territory. Photo by David Adams, a Cobra pilot in the gun group during the years 1970-1971 with the Scout Platoon, D Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. 1969-1970. Courtesy of Mike Gustin.
Children in Quang Ngai, Vietnam 1963. Photos taken by CW4 (ret.) Mervin "Jake" Miller. Started as the 8th Transportation Company then converted to the 117th Aviation Company. Photo courtesy of Matthew W. Miller.
Soldiers with Vietnamese civilians in jungle. Photo by Carlos Rodriguez, who was with the Gun Platoon during the years 1970-1971, Scout Platoon, D Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. 1969-1970. Courtesy of Mike Gustin.
"If it wasn't for these two kids.. I might not be here today. Hope they made it out, never found out, but I always wondered. Saved both the Major and myself one day, and some of the Medics that were down. Long story just one of many." 3/4 Cavalry Vietnam, Cu Chi, 1966. Photo and comment by Roger McGill.
Girl Ascending began with a photograph of a girl seemingly suspended in mid-air, holding onto a chain-link fence with one hand, her dress lifted by the breeze. The setting is commonplace: a baseball game, nondescript buildings, and a dirt field seen though the fence. Nevertheless, the improbable levitation and serene demeanor of the girl suggested the Ascension of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the artist, raised, as she was, on the symbolic imagery of Catholicism. Grounded in attentive observation of the world, Chicago-based photographer, Melissa Ann Pinney reveals how dreams and expectations of girlhood are constructed and communicated between mothers and daughters, society and friends. She intimately portrays her daughter, Emma, growing up and becoming an adolescent, providing fresh insights into her day to day life with family, friends and neighbors. One of eight children from a large, Catholic family, the artist has always been drawn to scenes of family that also express her interest in ritual, mystery and memory. While her photographs capture seemingly insignificant moments from a girl’s daily world, they signify mythic and heroic themes of the vital transformation that takes place when a girl enters into womanhood. Exhibition held in the Street Gallery space.