The journal of the Center for Documentary Arts, a nonprofit initiative to bear witness to suffering and promote the common good through the arts. At the crossroads of art, ethics, faith, and social justice, the Center brings together makers and thinkers whose work advances beauty, compassion, collaboration, dignity, and mercy.

01 November 2010

Press: The Daily Gazette & Metroland

The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY), October 28, 2010

Photos capture physical, 
emotional impact of war

Views of Afghanistan, Iraq wars bring home reality

Thursday, October 28, 2010

By Joanne McFadden

TROY — One assignment, three different results,
 all poignant statements about humanity.

That’s what visitors to The Arts Center of the 
Capital Region will see in “Battlesight: 
Dispatches from Iraq and Afghanistan by 
International Photographers,” the debut 
exhibition of the Center for Documentary Arts
at The Sage Colleges. It will be on exhibit through Dec. 19.

Timothy Cahill, founding director of the center, admits that there’s “something very 
brave about launching a not-for-profit devoted to documentary art and compassion in 
the midst of a great recession.” Yet he, along with founders Dr. Melvin Krant and 
Steve Lobel, did just that.

“Battlesight” goes to the heart of the center’s twofold mission: to use documentary 
arts to bring viewers into the lives of other people and as a result increase awareness 
of what we share as humanity and foster increased compassion for one another.

In part, Cahill chose the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for the center’s first exhibition 
because it will be on view at the same time as The Sage College’s Veterans Week 
2010, and this was a way to highlight the activities of the center’s host institution. 
Despite the subject matter, the exhibition is not a political statement. Neither it nor 
the Center for Documentary Arts has a political agenda, Cahill said.

He chose three photographers who had worked in Iraq or Afghanistan on 
assignment to provoke a conversation about how documentary artists work and also
to give the public a closer look at what is taking place in that region of the world.
“I wanted the show to begin to be a dialogue about various ways these artists
take reality and mold it into something that’s truthful and communicate that truth,”
he said.

Full article here

Metroland, October 28, 2010


THIS IS WAR An exhibit opened at the Arts Center of the Capital Region
(265 River St., Troy) last week that we all would do well to check out. 
Curated by Timothy Cahill, Battlesight: Dispatches from Iraq and 
Afghanistan by International Photographers is a powerful collection of war 
photography by Pulitzer Prize winner Cheryl Diaz MeyerBalazs Gardi 
and Teru Kuwayama. The exhibit is on view through Dec. 19, but there 
will be a reception tomorrow evening (Friday, Oct. 29) from 5:30-9 PM 
during Troy Night Out.
The battle for Iraq on view at the ACCR: Cheryl Diaz Meyer’s Dust Storm (2003).

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