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Yet he believes journalists and photographers must never stop telling about the “waste of man in war.”

“After seeing so much of it, I’m tired of thinking, `Why aren’t the people who rule our lives … getting it?’ ” McCullin said, adding that he’d like to drag them all into the exhibit for an hour.

Berman didn’t see the conflicts unfold. Instead, she waited for the wounded to come home, seeking to tell a story about war’s aftermath.

Her project on the wounded developed in 2003. The Iraq War was at its height, and there was still no database, she said, to find names of wounded warriors returning home. So she scoured local newspapers on the Internet.

In 2004 she published a book called “Purple Hearts” that includes photographs taken over nine months of 20 different people. All were photographed at home, not in hospitals where, she said, “there’s this expectation that this will all work out fine.”

The curators, meanwhile, chose to tell the story objectively _ refusing through the images they chose or the exhibit they prepared to take a pro- or anti-war stance, a decision that has invited criticism and sparked debate.

And maybe, that is the point.


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