These bedrooms once belonged to men and women who died fighting in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. They were blown up by IEDs, RPGs, hand grenades and suicide bombers. They were shot down in ambushes and by snipers. They died in helicopters, in humvees, and in tanks. It all took place thousands of miles away from home and the countries they fought to defend.
The purpose of this project is to honor these fallen – not simply as soldiers, marines, airmen and seamen, but as sons, daughters, sisters and brothers – and to remind us that before they fought, they lived, and they slept, just like us, at home.
I have photographed twenty-three bedrooms in the U.S., Holland and in Canada, and I intend to photograph another seventeen across Europe and America and publish a book. Some of these images have appeared in The New York Times Magazine and on a dedicated website, www.bedroomsofthefallen.com.
The book has the support of a major publisher. I plan to finish photographing the work by the middle of this year, and envision having the book on shelves in mid-2012. Additionally, I intend to mount a traveling exhibition that will tour the United States and Europe.
Late last year, The Aaron Siskind Foundation graciously awarded the project $10,000, and prior to that The New York Times Magazine was instrumental in their support. Today however, your personal involvement on this project is essential–I've had enormous difficulty finding funding to complete the project.
Your support will enable me to pre-produce, photograph, and post-produce (in preparation for book proofs) the remaining seventeen bedrooms in the United States, England, Italy, France and other countries that have lost soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq.
These funds will cover travel expenses, film, scanning, translators, fuel and food. Above all though, these funds will ensure that we never forget some of the soldiers and marines who died in battle, and that we realize the cost of war cannot be measured in dollars or cents.
The project website:
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An interview about the work:
VII Network, my agency:
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