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This exhibition features 34 photographs from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration and five photographs from the Associated Press archives by the eminent photojournalist, Max Desfor, including one for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in 1951. Posing the question, “What is it like to live through a war?” the exhibit seeks to find the answer in the faces and scenes captured on black and white film. The images present an indelible witness to the storm that engulfed Korean civilians, American soldiers and prisoners of war in an irresistible tide of change in the early fifties. Offering depictions of the dislocation, isolation, loss, and enduring hope among Koreans and the international military forces, these photographs invite a deeper understanding of Korea’s complex history. Originally taken for propaganda or military intelligence purposes, the photographs lay mostly unused for a half-century as reflections of a reality few wanted to remember. The exhibition was developed and mounted by Patrick Dowdey, curator at Wesleyan University’s Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, with the help of student curatorial assistants.

On the Storrs campus, the exhibition has been organized in association with The Korea Society in New York, which helped organize the exhibition’s tour and catalogue publication. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the University of Connecticut’s Asian American Cultural Center and the Asian American Studies Institute.

The Korea Society is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated solely to the promotion of greater awareness, understanding and cooperation between the people of the United States and Korea. (