"29 Palms: Night Operations III" (2003-04)

"29 Palms: Night Operations III," 2003-04
Gelatin silver print, 26 x 37 1/2 inches. Edition of 5.
© An-My Lê, courtesy Murray Guy, New York.

"I’m fascinated by the military structure, by strategy, the idea of a battle, the gear. But at the same time, how do you resolve the impact of it? What it is meant to do is just horrible. But war can be beautiful. I think it’s the idea of the sublime- moments that are horrific but, at the same time, beautiful- moments of communion with the landscape and nature. And it’s that beauty that I wanted to embrace in my work. I think that’s why the work seems ambiguous. And it’s meant to be."

- An-My Lê