This Means War

A powerful show looks at how conflict is pictured

A few years ago, David Leeson, a photographer who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2004 for his coverage of the Iraq war, told an interviewer that he once truly believed there could be "a series of photographs, or a single photograph, that could end war ... But can you find it? I never did."

I came across Leeson's words in the catalog for "War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath," the huge, tough-minded, very moving new show at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. (It runs there through Feb. 3, then moves to Los Angeles, Washington and Brooklyn.) The exhibition...

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