- Fotografinnen an Der Front, (Women on the Frontline) is the title of a travel group show initiated by the Kunstpalast (Museum of Art) of Düsseldorf, Germany, this spring (March 8 through June 10, 2019) that showcases the work of strong and talented women in war photography. Contrary to the widespread notion that the field is a male-owned profession, there is a long history of female photographers working in war zones. They have documented worldwide crises and contributed to shaping our image of conflict. They often had less restricted access to the families and victims than their male counterparts.
The exhibition comprises 140 works by eight photographers from as many past decades: Carolyn Cole (born 1961), Françoise Demulder (1947-2008), Catherine Leroy (1944-2006), Susan Meiselas (born 1948), Lee Miller (1907-1977), Anja Niedringhaus (1965-2014), Christine Spengler (born1945) and Gerda Taro (1910 -1937). The photographs range from the European conflicts of the 1930s and 1940s to the most recent international confrontations, and express different pictorial strategies and narrative forms, from intimate insight into the everyday life of war to firsthand testimony of shattering atrocities, all hinting at the absurdity of war and its terrible consequences.
Curated by Anne-Marie Beckmann and Felicity Korn and produced with the support of the Kulturstiftung Des Bundes and the Rudolf Augstein Stiftung foundations.
- Chinese Photographers, a well-established monthly magazine published in China, devoted its April 2018 cover story to Catherine Leroy and her coverage of the Vietnam War on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Têt Offensive. Title of the 26-page portfolio: “Love and Compassion Over the Tragic Vietnam War”. Rarely, if ever, have that many intensely dramatic war images been so powerfully displayed in print in China, and much less produced by such a woman ‘combat photographer.’
- The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, NY, invited Robert Pledge to give a lecture on April 23, 2018 to their documentary photography students on the topic of “History and Photography: It’s Always Personal” which prominently featured Catherine Leroy’s black-and-white coverage of the Vietnam War. The next day, Pledge made a presentation to the students of the Military Class and focused on the 1968 Battle of Hué as witnessed by two iconic photographers: Don McCullin with his work in black-and-white, and Leroy with her more rarely seen work in color.
- The ‘Outlook’ section of The Washington Post‘s February 25, 2018 Sunday edition published an unusual two-full page spread with photographs and text by famed British conflict photographer Don McCullin. “The Battle That Still Haunts Me” is a personal reflection on the fierce Battle of Hué that took place 50 years ago and describes the horrific eleven days the photographer spent with the US Marines in the recapture of Vietnam’s former imperial capital, an experience similar to that of Catherine Leroy, “the courageous French photographer” as defined by McCullin himself, who was present too. They never met during their coverage of the event. Coïncidentally, they left the scene on the same helicopter.
- FOTOfusion, the annual West Palm Beach photography festival, presented on January 27, 2018 “In color and black-&-white, 50 years ago: The Battle of Hué”. The community lecture by Robert Pledge intertwined the coverage of the fiercest battle of the Vietnam War by two iconic conflict photographers, a man and a woman: the British Don McCullin, and the French, Catherine Leroy.
- The New York Times’ published an opinion column under the title “The Women Who Covered Vietnam” by former correspondent for the paper and author of “America’s Vietnam War: A Narrative History,” Elizabeth Becker, who naturally makes reference to Catherine Leroy.
- In 1969, Âmes vaillantes , a conservative catholic girl scout publication published an 8-page comic strip based on a loose depiction of Catherine Leroy’s three years spent in Vietnam, from 1966 through 1968. A rare copy was donated to the Fund by French researcher and collector Frédérick Sully.
- Time magazine’s Lightbox site, under the title “Who is the enemy here?” asked 18 photographers and editors to speak about one image from the Vietnam War that particularly moved them. Fred Ritchin chose one of Catherine Leroy’s rarely seen photographs.
- The New York Times’ Lens blog dated September 27, 2017 reproduced 17 Vietnam war pictures by or related to Catherine Leroy to announce the launch of this site. The photographs are accompanied with an article by Elizabeth Herman that examines the photographer’s close relationship with her parents as expressed through the over 100 letters she sent to them during the three years she spent in Vietnam covering the conflict (1966/1968)
- The French cultural weekly magazine Télérama chose one of Catherine Leroy’s Hill 881 images to preview the soon to be released “The Vietnam War” documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on the Arte television channel. The image of Corpsman Vernon Wike appears in Episode 5 of the European version.
- Public Broadcasting Service (PBS): ‘The Viertnam War’ is a ten-part 18 hour documentary film directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that starts airing in the USA on September 17, 2017 and includes images by Catherine Leroy.
The highly-acclaimed Franco-German cultural network Arte is to present the full documentary in three segments between September 19 and 21, 2017.
- “One Woman A Week” Fernanda Sanovicz, a Brazilian illustrator based in New York City, chose Catherine Leroy as her May 6, 2017 subject.
- The New York Times: “The Greatest War Photographer You Have Never Heard Of” by Elizabeth Herman (March 28, 2017).