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Powerful Scenes of Conflict

Some photographers and journalists go to extremes in order to get that perfect shot - getting up before dawn to capture a sunset, climbing high mountains to get far reaching landscapes - but none are quite so brave as the photo journalists out on the field, who put their lives at risk to provide an accurate report.

Down at the Imperial War Museum, two exhibitions pay tribute to the skill and courage of three photographers, taking pictures of scenes of conflict. IWM Contemporary is a joint exhibit open until the 5th January. Free to visit, it features the work of the Daily Mirror's Mike Moore and US Civillian, Lee Craker.

Moore worked regularly in Iraq from 1991-2003, taking pictures of the first war, and portraits of the soldiers. Craker was in Iraq between 2009-2011, doing a study of the architecture. Both managed to capture the effects of war on the civilians as well as the American and British Troops.

The second exhibition, Vision as Power, explores the work of Donovan Wylie, who studies the architecture of military installations. He's travelled to areas of conflict such as Northern Ireland and Afghanistan, with images such as The Maze, British Watchtowers, Green Zone, Outposts and Arctic, all of which reflect humanity's desire for power through surveillance.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 5th Jan & 21st April
Phone: 020 7416 5000
Where: Imperial War Museum
Cost: Free
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