Throckmorton Fine Art is pleased to announce our first exhibition of the New Year, Athlete / Warrior. Internationally acclaimed fine-art photographers Anderson & Low present powerful images of young men and women who are training for both the sports field and the battlefield while studying at America’s most famed armed forces academies: the US Military Academy at West Point, the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, and the US Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs. Arresting juxtapositions of cadets in their military dress from formal to fatigues and in the uniforms of their chosen sports, including swimming, boxing, football, gymnastics, and basketball, among others, reveal subtle similarities and differences between the roles assumed by such disciplined and dedicated individuals.
Given highly unusual circumstances, the photographers were allowed relatively unfettered access to the cadets, spending weeks at each academy among their subjects. The resulting images contrast the formal and the informal, and present a dual expression of the individuals’ characters. In photographs that look both contemporary and timeless, Anderson & Low offer a modern interpretation of the hero as represented by the classically inspired iconography of the athlete and the warrior. The resonant images within this exhibition go beyond the military and sporting uniforms to highlight both the humanity of the individuals portrayed and the noble aspirations that they embody.