Ten Marine survivors, some as young as 17, describe the violent battle and the effect it had on them for the rest of their lives.
Fifty years after the Tet Offensive and 'The Battle of Hue' (pronounced Hway), when the North Vietnamese army launched more than 100 surprise attacks across South Vietnam, the exhibition 'The Battle of Hue' features historic combat photographs of the U.S. Marines who fought a pivotal battle during the Vietnam War. Through powerful imagery and audio, visitors experience their personal stories of the brutal conflict and how it shaped their lives.
This innovative exhibition includes 20 large-format photographs and 10 tactile versions of the original photographs with touch-activated sensors that provide audio interviews with the Marines shown in the photos. The three-dimensional tactile prints allow blind and sighted individuals to experience photography in a unique way. Ten Marines were interviewed for the exhibition, some of whom shared their stories publicly for the first time.
John Olson, then a young photographer with 'Stars and Stripes', spent three days with the Marines at 'The Battle of Hue' (pronounced Hway), the bloodiest single battle of the Tet Offensive and a turning point that changed the course of the Vietnam War. 'The Battle of Hue' began on January 31, 1968, with intense fighting that left thousand’s dead and the historic city virtually destroyed.
'The Battle of Hue' features 10 tactile installations and 20 non-tactile conventional fine art prints. Each grouping is interwoven with the other to enhance the narrative of the exhibition.