Shooting War

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Corcoran Gallery

Reporters go off to war seeking knowledge yielding understanding, and strive to share both.

Photographers do, too. But sometimes their most ambitious work revels in ambiguity.

The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., has a new exhibit entitled War/Photography that explores that contradiction. Philip Kennicott of the Washington Post reviews the show, highlighting what he calls “the most public of mankind’s horrible hobbies” with a sampling of images — some familiar, some not — from the exhibit.