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Nina Berman, Purple Hearts


Jen Bekman Gallery
6 Spring Street, between Elizabeth St. and Bowery, 212-219-0166
East Village / Lower East Side
August 8 - September 8, 2007
Reception: Wednesday, August 8, 6 - 8 PM
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Jen Bekman is pleased to present Nina Berman’s color photographs from her series entitled Purple Hearts at jen bekman, located at 6 Spring Street, New York, NY. The exhibition will be on view from Wednesday, August 8, 2007 through August 30, 2007.

An opening reception for the artist, along with a book signing, will be held on the evening of Wednesday, August 8 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the gallery.

You may recall Nina Berman’s award-winning portrait of disfigured Iraq veteran Ty Ziegel and his fiancĂ©e, Renee, on their wedding day that was included in the Spring Edition of Hey, Hot Shot! Berman’s photographs explore the physical and psychological repercussions of the individuals who have served in Iraq and returned home—portraits taken in soldiers’ homes, in military hospitals, and on Army bases across the U.S.

“This is an important project, and I’m thrilled to be able to offer a venue for it to be seen,” says gallerist Jen Bekman, “It tackles what I consider to be one of the most disturbing, and over-looked, aspects of this war: the stories of those soldiers who have been maimed and the lives they continue to lead once they’ve come back home.”


Nina Berman was born in New York City and grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey. After leaving high school early, she attended the University of Chicago and began taking pictures inspired by the work of filmmakers, photographers, and writers. Since receiving a journalism degree from Columbia University, Nina has worked as a freelance photographer for magazines. In 2007, she won a World Press Photo Foundation Award as well as an Award of Excellence in the Pictures of the Year International competition.

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