For the past five years, Washington-based artist Louie Palu has focused his photography on the war in Afghanistan. Embedded with American and Canadian military units in Kandahar Province, Palu has followed troops through ground and air assaults, and has documented the precarious balance of life and death as they coexist in medical units.

Palu has also photographed the lives of Afghan civilians, producing a powerful range of images that reflect the tragedy and inhumanity of war.

Palu’s photographs have a strong journalistic sensibility. Titles are plainly descriptive; simple, stoic compositions allow the depicted human drama to speak for itself.

Louie Palu was a 2011 Sondheim Prize finalist. Twenty-four of his photographs of Afghanistan are on exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art until August 7.