Art: Closeup of War

Whether or not photographs are art, they sometimes do art's job. A show put on by the U.S. Navy—and taken by service photographers—was last week giving more than life-size proof of this fact. At New Haven's ivy-covered Yale University Art Gallery, the Navy's tremendous photographs were starting a nationwide tour.

Called Power in the Pacific, the show sets out to picture, from start to finish, what war is like as the U.S. Navy fights it. In panoramic panels, the show begins with a series of pictures of Navy ships and the everyday work &...

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