Aperture is offering two photographs by An-My Lê coinciding with the publication of her first monograph, Small Wars (Aperture, 2005). Untitled, Thanh-Hoa, 1998, is from her Viet Nam series in which she constructed "autobiographical still lifes." Night Operations is taken from her 29 Palms series, in which she documents soldiers training for active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan in a desert-like terrain in Southern California.
An-My Lê was born in Vietnam in 1960 and came to the United States as a political refugee at age fifteen. An-My Lê received a master’s degree in biology from Stanford University before earning an M.F.A. in photography at Yale University in 1993. Her exhibitions include Only Skin Deep, International Center of Photography, New York (2004); Small Wars, P.S.1. Contemporary Art Center (2002); and Photographs from the Permanent Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art (2001). She is an assistant professor of photography at Bard College and lives in New York City. She is represented by the Murray Guy gallery in New York, among others.