"Small Wars (rescue)" (1999-2002)

"Small Wars (rescue)," 1999-2002
Gelatin silver print, 26 x 37 1/2 inches.
Edition of 5.
© An-My Lê, courtesy Murray Guy, New York.

"Working with Vietnam War reenactors was difficult. They had their own activities, and I needed to interrupt them to set up my pictures. And, working with the large-format camera, I had to direct them somewhat. At one point I wondered if I should hire actors- but I’m glad that I didn’t because not having complete control was very interesting. It created moments of uncertainty and forced me to resolve issues in a different way."
- An-My Lê