John Slemp
John Slemp
John Slemp

Bomber Boys

The Art Institute of Atlanta

Featuring work by: John Slemp

Bomber Boys is a collection of photographs by John Slemp of World War II bomber jackets and other related subject matter:

The highly individualistic art depicted on WWII “bomber jackets” continues to fascinate, educate, and entertain to this day. Painted on the back of leather A-2 work jackets, these highly collectible uniform items depict the attitudes of young airmen subjected to the vagaries of modern warfare in the sky, and the successes, failures, and eventual triumphs of surviving 35 missions over stubbornly defended enemy territory.

For the first time, these military mementos have been photographed in extreme detail, and brought back to their original colorful glory. Worn as unique identifiers and to create an atmosphere of “esprit de corps” amongst the crews, these jackets offer a visual diary of a man’s service in the US Army Air Corps. The examples photographed often reflected the hedonistic mindset of these extremely young airmen, pride in their part of fighting the enemy, and the social mores of the time.

In-Person: Exhibition Sep 30 - Oct 31

Bomber Boys is a collection of photographic prints that will be on display at the Art Institute of Atlanta's gallery with a reception on October 7th from 6-8pm.

It will feature large color digital prints and some smaller in a beautiful display of historical significance.

In-Person: Artist's Reception Oct 07 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Bomber Boys will have an Artist Reception October 7th from 6pm to 8pm.

The Art Institute of Atlanta

Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm

Online: Artist's Talk Sep 05 - Oct 31

The Art Institutes AiLive series hosted by E.Vincent Martinez will interview photographer John Slemp about his exhibition Bomber Boys as well as Fashion Historian Laura McLaws Helms about the influence World War II bomber jackets had on pop culture and fashion.