Portraits of U.S. Marines transform Battle Park
A photography exhibition featuring photographs of 10 U.S. Marines transformed Battle Park on Carolina’s campus into a forest of black-and-white portraits.
The exhibition, Garmsir Marines, is by internationally renowned photographer Louie Palu and depicts 10 marines from
the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines (1/6), currently based at Camp Lejeune. Palu took the photographs in 2008 at a small combat outpost in Garmsir District in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
“I feel like my role in the world is to put a human face to statistics and issues,” Palu said. “I wanted these photos to be personal, so you know who they are, their age and where they were from. I also wanted portraits that looked at you and were confrontational, so you had to face them.”
Co-presented by UNC’s Arts Everywhere and the Click! Photography Festival, Garmsir Marines is the inaugural program in a larger Arts Everywhere initiative to support military-affiliated communities through the arts. The exhibition also coincides with the 100th anniversary of the 1/6, which fought in the landmark World War I Battle of Belleau Wood.
For more information about the exhibit, visit uncgarmsirmarines.com.