A while back I posted on photographer Jennifer Karady’s show, In Country: Soldiers’ Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan currently at SF Cameraworks in San Francisco. The exhibition catalog is now available! Mine just arrived in the mail as I’m coming off of my first major interview for my military project (it went well).
You may recall these images are the veteran’s way of expressing how their strongest memories from combat occur in their everyday life. Most of them have friends and family in the photos.
This is what I love most about the collaborations between Karady and the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans featured in the catalog, as she stated in an interview following the collection:
“Many of the veterans who have shared their stories with me are doing so because they want to help other veterans. For them it’s another way to continue their service.”
What’s particularly special about this catalog is the accompanying story by the veteran photographed. In their own words, you can read about what they experienced and see how the photo connects to their memories. It’s poignant, tragic, funny and bizarre. Worth every cent of my $19.95 plus shipping, which I could easily throw away at the movie theater snack bar.
I suggest you purchase one — if not for the sake of supporting unique art and artists, or the courage it takes for these veterans to share their stories, then for the certain opportunity of stimulating discussion this piece of work so beautifully provokes. It will surprise you.
You can check out a brief interview from NPR’s Weekend Edition on here.