Where Have All The Flowers Gone?
The folk song by Pete Seeger tells the circular story of life, extracted from the novel, “And Quiet Flows the Don”. The lyrics evolved and the song remains one of the most popular anti-war songs in our history. In brief, the circular tale goes like this:
Where have all the flowers gone? Girls have picked them every one.
Where have all the young girls gone? Gone to husbands every one.
Where have all the husbands gone? Gone for soldiers every one.
Where have all the soldiers gone? Gone to graveyards every one.
Where have all the graveyards gone? Gone to Flowers every one.
When will they ever learn?
PDNB Gallery’s Director, and Vietnam War veteran, Burt Finger, has organized a quite interesting group exhibition dealing with the subject of war. Many photojournalists are included in it, including LIFE photographer, Larry Burrows, who died in Vietnam.
Photographs from one of his most notable Vietnam photo essays, “One Ride with Yankee Papa 13”, from 1965, is featured. Burrows photographs James Farley, who participates in a very difficult day of combat. The moving series was published in the April 16th issue of LIFE, showing the young marine becoming a man in one tragic day of duty.
Also featured, one of the most memorable war images by Russian photojournalist, Evgeny Khaldey, was taken nine days after the Russian troops seized Berlin. Red Army soldiers climbed to the roof of the Reichstag, flying the Soviet flag that Khaldey had retrieved for the victory shot. The image, like Joe Rosenthal’s flag raising, became symbolic of Victory in WWII.
Woodblock prints from Don Schol’s requiem, War Cuts, are included. As an Officer and Combat Artist, Schol performed his task of creating art, based on his war-time experience. Artists have been embedded in the American military since 1917, and in 1966, the U.S. Army Vietnam Combat Artists Program was established as a part of this official art program.
Photographs of military weapons are also exhibited by Dallas photographer Don Netzer. These spare, but detailed images of military guns show the beauty of their craftsmanship and the power they can yield. The images include the Colt 1911 and the Colt Single Action Army revolver, aka the Peacemaker.