By Jennifer Hill
The First Gulf War, Kurdistan, The Bosnian War, Russia Coup Attempt, Rwandan Genocide and the Chechen War have something in common other than the fact that each of these are major events in the world’s history. All the events were witnessed and photographed by Anthony Suau, a Pulitzer-prize winning photojournalist and TIME magazine photographer. “Hard Rain,” the exhibit that encompasses these photographs has been displayed in Shanghai and Moscow and for the first time is making an appearance in the United States, specifically in Beacon, NY.
Fovea Exhibitions, an educational charity, is hosting the event.
“It is rare to have an exhibit of such caliber,” said Stephanie Heimann, the executive director of Fovea. “It’s great because the people have immediate access to what Anthony witnessed and an ability to see the pictures without the normal filters.”
Fovea’s mission is to educate through photojournalism. “We aim to accurately reflect reality and provide a forum for media photos,” Heimann said.
Brittany Rioux, an intern at Fovea, said that what the gallery does is impressive and controversial. “It’s a tough show to look at,” Rioux said. “But, it’s something that people need to see.”
For those who attend the exhibit, they will receive a handout entitled “25 Things You Can Do to Promote Peace” to promote awareness and involvement. It includes simple activities like making friends, listening, staying informed and smiling.
“Anthony’s intention is to bring a vision of how horrible things can be,” Heimann said. “People need to actually see the conflicts, how we got there and what they can do.”
Approximately 40 to 50 people attended the opening of “Hard Rain” on Feb. 14, which Suau spoke at. Rioux said that Suau was an excellent speaker and discussed his book, Fear This. Published in 2004, the book encompasses Suau’s photographs documenting the United States during the buildup to the Iraq War.
The exhibit will continue until May 3. The gallery is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday and is located on Main Street in Beacon.
Other exhibits that Fovea has hosted include “Planet China,” “Behind Bars” and “Dispatches from the Frontlines.” The shows covered topics such as Chinese culture, American prisons and war veterans. The next exhibit will be regarding the endangered gorillas in the Congo.
“Our goal is to have topical stories from around the world and to show people how these stories affect their lives,” Heimann said.