Thursday November 3, 2005

Photos From Iraq

Photographer, actor and marine to discuss his exhibit of photos from the Iraq War on Dec. 2 at the University of Dayton.

U.S. Marine reservist and photographer Benjamin Busch will discuss his exhibit, "The Art in War," at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at the University of Dayton's McGinnis Center, located at 301 Lowes St. in the student neighborhood south of UD's campus. A reception will follow the lecture.

Busch's exhibit, which features approximately 40 photos taken while he served tours of duty in Iraq, have been on display at the University of Dayton's McGinnis Center since September. Until recently, Busch was deployed to Iraq's Anbar Province, which includes the city of Fallujah. He'll show some new work from this deployment during his lecture. Busch also is an accomplished actor, and he currently is back on the set of the HBO series "The Wire," where he plays detective Anthony Colicchio.

"The Art in War" will be on display through the first week of December in the main lobby of the McGinnis Center. The building is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Busch said his images "do both the American military and the Iraqi people a certain unique justice. My photos are not pro-war; they're not anti-war. They don't say the war is a mistake or it is the best thing we have done. What they do say is, 'It was war, it was Iraq and we were there.'"

Many of Busch's photos depict a day in the life of Iraqis at work, while others depict the after-effects of the regime of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

A 1992 graduate of Vassar, where he was educated as a studio artist, Busch has served extensively in the U.S. Marine Corps, most recently as commanding officer of a combat unit in Iraq. His other acting credits include the TV series "The West Wing" and "Homicide, Life On The Street."

UD's living and learning community ArtStreet, ROTC and the Campus Activities Board are sponsoring Busch's visit to UD.

For media interviews, contact Kristen Wicker at (937) 229-3256 or wicker@udayton.edu.