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A conversation with artist Steve Mumford

Need to Know’s Alison Stewart spoke with war artist Steve Mumford, who was embedded with U.S. troops during the first six years of the Iraq war.

Although Mumford says he set out to draw the horror of war, and did on occasion encounter scenes of conflict, the overall impression a viewer gets from Mumford’s work is of the ordinariness of life in a war zone.

“I don’t want to give a false impression, that everything is nice here,” Mumford said. “On the other hand, that is usually how life is in a war zone, you know, until something bad happens.”