Peace after War: Peter Hebeisen photos at Gallery 291, SF

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Battle of the Ebro, © Peter Hebeisen, a discovery from Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2010

Swiss photographer Peter Hebeisen makes large-format landscapes of former theaters of war in Europe. But unlike the haunting images of war with which the media typically bombards us, Hebeisen centers his project Metamorphosis and Myth: 20th Century European Battlefields around the process of healing, showing previous sites of the tragedy of war that have recovered (literally and/or figuratively) thanks to the peace and tranquility of nature and the passing of time.

Ed Carey, owner of Gallery 291 in San Francisco, is now exhibiting 20 photographs from Hebeisen’s series at his gallery until November 5th. Carey met Hebeisen last year while reviewing photographers’ portfolios at Lens Culture FotoFest Paris. This is just one of many success stories that resulted from the Paris portfolio reviews, where 170 international photographers met one-on-one with influential photography experts from around the world.

This year, kicking off the 15th anniversary of Paris Photo, Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2011 will be held on November 7-8-9 at Spéos Paris Photographic Institute. The event is organized by Lens Culture (Paris) and Fotofest International (Houston, Texas).

If you’re a photographer, it’s not too late to register to present your work this year — there are only a few places left to fill, so act quickly!