If this were a more simple story, it would have ended with me telling my son how I took part in liberating Iraq from a brutal dictator and how everyone lived happily ever after; however, I cannot say Iraq is in a better place today than it was before the U.S. invasion in 2003.
I loved serving my country. I did not realize how much the uniform meant to me until I left the military. I miss the people I served with; they were my family. Serving in combat was the ultimate badge of honor. A company of soldiers in combat, who would fight for each other, who would die for each other. I will never again, in any place, experience bonds like the ones I shared overseas.
This book is about the journey of many veterans, like myself, who have to reconcile the pride of one's service with the outcome of the war in which they fought. It is about the struggles veterans are dealing with after their service. It is also about the need as individuals and as a country, to reflect on our past decisions. I will not give away too much of the book, but it does reach a statement that is a necessary gesture towards healing and progress.
"...Ten Years After Iraq, one of the most devastating comments on the war that I have ever seen. He is a veteran of the Iraq war and has emerged with a simple, eloquent perspective that will stop any thoughtful person in their tracks."
- Sebastian Junger, Director of the documentary Restrepo and Founder of Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC)
"William Chan’s Ten Years After Iraq has a plaintive quality. It is a small book full of marvelous contradictions; it is modest and immoderate, intimately private yet welcoming. The images are reproduced in a small candid size and offer views that mostly look to distant people and places as if taken through the window of a moving APC. Or they try to capture infinite horizons. The text offers a not completely enigmatic plea for release, a soldier sorting himself out 10 years after. This is an artist who risks things."
- W.M. Hunt, Photography Collector and Curator
"Like an arrow, this small book hits its target fast and hard, but so quietly that it’s hard to understand the quivering emotional vibration left in its wake. 27 images shot by a soldier on a tour of duty in Iraq are punctuated by 76 words (80 including the title) that transform mundane daily moments from 10-year-old memories into a contemporary challenge to answer the outstanding question with global significance, 'why?'"
- Stephen Mayes, Executive Director of Tim Hetherington Trust
By supporting this campaign, you'll help Llewelyn Projects' mission to give back to our community and support artists engaging in important discussions. All the money from this campaign will be donated to Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC). Thank you!
About the publisher Llewelyn Projects:
Llewelyn Projects was created as a platform to support artists in bringing about their ideas. www.llewelynprojects.com
- In past year, we were proud supporters of Metrography's project Map of Displacement. Through photography and interviews, the project explores the plight of those displaced within Iraq as a result of the conflicts within the region.
-Currently, we are in production of our third project, the book Hungry Hungarians by Julia Standovar.
- Below is a preview of an on-going documentary we are working on in Iraq to highlight the complexity of the region. We have visited with Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers, UN refugee camps, universities, and other organizations in March and June of this year. In 2016, with your support, we hope to go further south into Baghdad and continue this project.
About Reporters Instructed to Save Colleagues (RISC):
RISC was founded by Sebastian Junger after the death of his good friend and colleague Tim Hetherington. RISC "trains and equips freelance journalists in all media to treat life- threatening injuries on the battlefield. Freelancers comprise the vast majority of those who cover wars, and consequently make up the vast majority of deaths and injuries. Surviving a gunshot or shrapnel wound is often a matter of doing the right thing in the first few minutes, and their training focuses on that brief, critical period of time."
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