“Life after War: Photography and Oral Histories of Coming Home"

Starts:Friday, November 22, 2013  6:00 PMEnds:Friday, November 22, 2013  8:00 PM



Astoria Public Library

450 10th Street
Astoria, OR 97103

Event Description:

When does a war end? Does it ever? Many returning soldiers bring wars back with them, and these wars can reach beyond the battlefield or firefight, infiltrating the very thing that defines comfort and safety: home. The trials of homecoming are vast and complex, often resonating with tales of Odysseus’ journey back to Ithaca from the Trojan War.  This is the focus of “Life after War: Photography and Oral Histories of Coming Home,” a free conversation with photographer Jim Lommasson on Friday, November 22,2013 at 6PM at Astoria Public Library, 450 10th Street, Astoria. This program is hosted by Astor Library Friends Associationand sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Lommasson is a freelance photographer who received the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize for his first book, Shadow Boxers: Sweat, Sacrifice & the Will to Survive in American Boxing Gyms. His second book is Pentimento: Portland’s Lost and Found Carousel. Lommasson is currently working on a book and traveling exhibition about American veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars called Exit Wounds:Soldiers' Stories—Life after Iraq and Afghanistan. 

The November 22, 2013 event is part of Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversation Project.

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