The Corcoran Gallery really changed my mind on the true effect that portraits and photographs can have. I always knew that they had some sort of impact on our day to day lives, but never knew the emotions and reactions that they could bring out of people until I went to the gallery. For example, one o Len Chetwin’s photographs was known to be staged. However, the fact in and of itself that a photographer went back into a war zone just to take a picture shows the power that photography has, and the emotions that it can evoke. If people will go this far to fake an image, how brave and courageous could an artist be for a really strong powerful image that they believe could have a profound impact? The gallery also made me realize the true importance of Free Press. I was always a little bit confused as to why people made such a huge deal out of when a country had censorship, but now I understand why it is so important. I mean just restricting the publication of some images due to gruesome details can upset people, but full blown censorship is an even bigger deal.
I was also shocked when I saw one of the artists that had a photograph in the gallery walking around. Professor and Photographer Donna Decesare was in the museum with us that day after she had just given a lecture a couple days ago about Wars effect on children, and it really exemplified for me how important this exhibit could be in regards to people’s views on war.