Bruce Haley


Bruce Haley (b. 1957) is a self-taught photographer with more than twenty years’ experience covering war and its aftermath. He is the recipient of the Robert Capa Gold Medal for his coverage of Burma’s bloody ethnic civil war.


With a military and police background, Haley began his career in 1988, covering Afghanistan’s mujahideen resistance to Soviet occupation; shortly thereafter the legendary Howard Chapnick accepted Haley into Black Star, one of the industry’s premiere photo agencies.


Haley photographed areas of conflict in Asia, Africa, Europe and the former Soviet Union. His images from Burma of a grisly execution by stabbing shocked the world and engendered much controversy and discussion. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by the Baltimore Sun in 1992 for helping to break the story of the famine in Somalia. Over the course of his career, Haley has expanded his subject matter well beyond the battlefield – working across multiple camera formats, he has explored topics as diverse as the Bolivian altiplano, Eastern Europe’s persecuted Roma (Gypsies), the decaying infrastructure of Soviet-era industry, and the timber and extractive industries in the American West.


Haley’s photographs have appeared in books, magazines and newspapers worldwide, as well as in corporate publications and on CD, video and DVD covers; his clients include Time, Life, U.S. News and World Report, The London Sunday Times Magazine, Stern, Paris Match, GEO, Aperture, Esquire, Georgia-Pacific and the Chevron Corporation. Numerous magazines and newspapers have profiled Haley and his work, among them American Photo, (French) PHOTO, The New Yorker, the New York Times, B&W, UTNE Reader, The Telegraph (UK), Photo District News, ARTWORKS and ARTS & LIVING. His limited-edition portfolio, entitled 13 Million Tons of Pig Iron, was #1 on the Photo-Eye Bestseller List. In addition to publications, Haley’s exhibition prints have been shown in museums and galleries all over the world.


September 14 – October 26, 2012


Bruce Haley’s exhibition consisted of large format black and white panoramics, detailing the extreme rugged landscape, the
mining sites, and the town interiors within two counties in Nevada, Esmeralda & Nye.


The images pay homage to early photographs of the American landscape by Timothy O’Sullivan and Carleton Watkins and more
contemporary new topographics artists, like Robert Adams and Lewis Baltz.


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