Soldier Portraits

Melanie Pullen’s photographic series Violent Times (2005-2009), is comprised of 95 large-scale lightboxes and photographic prints. In this series, Pullen explores the history of violence, the depiction of war beginning with the fantasy and glamour of historic painting, progressing toward the reality conveyed in modern journalism. The series is broken down into four parts (Battle Scenes, Soldier Portraits, The Combat Soldiers, and Biochemical Warfare). Pullen says, “In Violent Times, I dramatized the aesthetics of early portraiture and battle imagery, creating an extensive series that questions our perceptions and our ingrained desire to glamorize violence.”