Collection Artwork
title unknown
c. 1960s
color photograph
paper size: 4 x 4 in.
image size: 3 5/8 x 3 5/8 in.
The Jack Shear Collection of Photography at the Tang Teaching Museum
photographed in Vietnam, Asia
2017.41.270
Inscribed, verso: This is B[illegible] Lucky HAHA Ca Lee. [?]

Object Label

From a set of amateur photographs of US soldiers during the Vietnam War, this photograph forces us to confront our capacity for empathy: Is the soldier acting cavalier about the human consequences of war? Is he engaging in comic relief as a means of escape from the atrocities? Do we feel for him, or feel for the Vietnamese suffering around him? Can we empathize with both at once?

From the exhibition: Where Words Falter: Art and Empathy (July 9 – December 18, 2022)

Ongoing Research

Research on our collection is ongoing. If you have resources you’d like to share, please contact Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara.
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