Award-winning war photography goes on display

An-My L�, Small Wars (rescue) 1999-2002. Image courtesy of the artist and Murray Guy, New York PNL-140909-095935001
An-My L�, Small Wars (rescue) 1999-2002. Image courtesy of the artist and Murray Guy, New York PNL-140909-095935001
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The first major solo show in the UK by a prize-winning Vietnamese-American photographer opens next week.

The winner of many awards, including the prestigious MacArthur Genius Award 2012, An-My Lê is widely recognised as one of the most significant photographers working in the world today.

Born in Vietnam in 1960, Lê fled Saigon with her family in 1975 and was airlifted to safety in the final days of the war.

She settled in the United States as a political refugee, where she graduated in biology from Stanford, then in photography from Yale University.

An-My Lê’s art explores the experience and the culture of conflict, and she has achieved unprecedented access to the American military, including at the 29 Palms marine base in the Californian desert shortly after the American invasion of Iraq in 2003.

The show opens at MK Gallery on September 19. A preview event on Thursday, September 18, features the artist in conversation with exhibition curator Kate Bush at 6.30pm. Pre-booking is essential. See www.mkgallery.org/exhibitions