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In this powerful, evocative, and movingcollection of images--many never-beforepublished--Platon, one of the most acclaimedcontemporary photographers, focuses on theeffects of war on soldiers and their families. Having created over 25 Time magazine covers and succeedingRichard Avedon as a staff photographer for the New Yorker,Platon has become a household name. His evocative portraitsof world leaders comprised a hugely successful previous book,Power. Now Platon has turned his lens to military service,embedding himself outside the battlefield in places where somuch occurs that is so rarely mentioned. Given unprecedentedaccess to U.S. military training facilities, Platon photographedsoldiers preparing for battle in a staged Iraqi village. Aboardthe USS San Antonio, he photographed soldiers the momentbefore they set sail. Platon's images capture both joy andgrief, strength and vulnerability, support and dissent: ayoung man's t-shirt that reads "Iraq veteran against the war";an African American woman stands proudly in full militaryregalia; a double-amputee stares directly from his wheelchair;and, in arguably the most important image of the 2008 U.S.presidential election, an American Muslim mother cradles thegrave of her soldier son. Together, these photographs speakvolumes about the lives and families of those who fight: theirphysical and psychological wounds, their extraordinary valorand often modest backgrounds, and the fierce emotions thatsurround their service.
Sub-Genre: Subjects + Themes / Portraits, Photoessays + Documentaries
Publisher: Prestel Pub
Street Date: April 15, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-16-2289