Images of ‘The Forgotten War’

Oct 04, 2016
Photo by: Galen E. Leavitt Galen E. Leavitt’s “Sky Riders” juxtaposes mid-20th century military exploits with an ancient landscape.

Camden — “The Forgotten War: My Dad’s Perspective,” an exhibition of photos from the Korean War taken by Galen Leavitt, is on display during October in the Picker Room of the downtown Camden Public Library. The photographs are from the collection of Margo Ann Leavitt Pullen, who will host a reception and gallery talk Saturday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m.

Galen E. Leavitt (1934-2012) graduated from Waterville High School in 1952, joined the United States Air Force and was trained as a photographer. Although stationed in Tachikawa, Japan, he was flown into South Korea on many missions to provide photographs of events, both tragic and celebratory.

“As Galen’s youngest of four surviving daughters, I am proud to tell the story of a young Maine man serving his country while his fiancée (later to become my mom, Estelle Gamache Leavitt), waited 26 months for his safe return,” said Pullen.

She said her father photographed the formalities and the carnage of the Korean War, but also the authentic beauty he viewed through his camera lens in the form of the people, the culture and the landscape of his surroundings.

“I believe my dad was searching for normalcy during his service, searching for humanity amid the brutality and confusion of the Korean Conflict, also known as the ‘Forgotten War,’” Pullen said. “My hope is that this exhibit speaks to your soul. In addition, I hope that in viewing this exhibit that you, too, will find beauty in my dad’s perspective.”

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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