Charlie Haughey is a retired carpenter who served a tour of duty with the Army 25th Infantry division in Vietnam from 1968 – 1969. While stationed there, he captured nearly 3,000 photographs, and brought the negatives and slides home to Michigan once discharged. He put the photos in boxes for nearly 45 years before a chance meeting with producer Kris Regentin in Portland, Oregon, brought the images out of storage and into a film scanner. A gallery showing and book of the photographs titled A Weather Walked In, has garnered international attention, and the collection has been praised for its intimate and dramatic behind the scenes look at life in the 25th Infantry Division.
The book and gallery exhibit titled A Weather Walked In, aims to preserve the collection of nearly 50-year-old negatives. The offset-print coffee table book contains 117 images from the collection, printed and produced in images with audio commentary from Charlie. Prints from the collection include silver gelatin fiber paper prints displayed in frames of reclaimed material handmade by Charlie. The silver gelatin prints are framed using museum quality techniques and are made to be fine art heirlooms.
Charlie’s photography will be featured in the upcoming acclaimed Ken Burn’s PBS documentary, for which Willow Valley Communities is a Gold Sponsor, on our local WITF network.
Willow Valley Communities is thrilled to bring Charlie Haughey’s photos to our Cultural Center Art Gallery starting July 31st through September 6th.
On Tuesday, August 15th, at our Cultural Center Theater, Charlie will join us and discuss his unique collection of photographs from the Vietnam War. He will discuss his process, his time in-country with the army, and how his negatives came to be in storage for nearly 45 years before being dusted off and produced into a book and gallery exhibition. The intimate and beautiful collection of photos showcases what he calls “the life side of the war, not the death side of it.” The public is invited.
Learn more about Charlie Haughey here.