Duran Bunch: Afghanistan Through the Eyes of a Soldier

When: March 30-May 5 2013

Google “Duran Bunch photographs” and you’re likely to pull up pages of images of the Nashville-based model that have been snapped in high fashion photo shoots for designers like Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Vivienne Westwood and Tommy Hilfiger. But sooner or later, you’ll come across a black-and-white photograph of a distraught Afghani child whose face is framed in threatening loops of barbed wire, or a portrait of an American soldier whose high-tech gear makes him look like a robot as he hunkers down in a wheat field. Bunch’s seemingly unlikely trajectory from the runway to the battlefield found the model-turned-soldier stepping behind the camera and capturing his experiences in the war in Afghanistan through street scenes, battle footage and portraits of his brothers in arms. I’ve only seen Bunch’s images online, but they look very strong — some even exceptional. Go see for yourself at tonight’s opening, and be sure to bring your checkbook. Proceeds from the sale of the photographs will go to the Wounded Warrior Project. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. March 30.

Joe Nolan


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