From the Newport Public Library
As a society, we need to understand that a consequence of sending soldiers to war is that the war comes home with every veteran. “Life After War: Photography and Oral Histories of Coming Home” addresses the trials faced by returning soldiers, whose war experiences infiltrate the very place where they should feel comfort and safety: their homes. Portland photographer James Lommasson will share photographs and lead a discussion at the Newport Public Library on Wednesday, March 21, at 7:00 p.m.
Lommasson is a freelance photographer who received the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize for his first book, Shadow Boxers: Sweat, Sacrifice & The Will To Survive In American Boxing Gyms. His second book is Pentimento: Portland’s Lost and Found Carousel. Lommasson is currently working on a book and traveling exhibition about American veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars called Exit Wounds: Soldiers’ Stories—Life After Iraq and Afghanistan.
This Conversation Project is sponsored by Oregon Humanities. Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future. Additional support is provided by The Whaler. For more information about this free community discussion, please check the library’s website, www.newportlibrary.org, or call 541-265-2153.