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Infidel [Paperback]

Tim Hetherington , Sebastian Junger
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4 Oct 2010
Infidel is an intimate portrait of a close band of warriors a small battalion of US soldiers, posted to an outpost in the Korengal Valley and considered one of the most dangerous Afghan postings in the war against the Taliban. Embedded along with writer Sebastian Junger, Hetherington documented the battalion, who model themselves on the ancient Spartans, over the course of a year. His photographs prove surprisingly tender arguably the strongest among them a series of the men asleep... This is a book as much about love and male vulnerability as it is about bravery and war.With revealing texts from interviews with his subjects and an introduction by Junger (with whom Hetherington co-directed the new film Restrepo, about the work of the battalion and winner of Best Documentary at Sundance 2010), the book is also illustrated with graphics of the tattoos the soldiers gave each other in the camp the title Infidel is taken from the tattoo the men adopted as a mark of their comradeship. Provocatively designed in the manner of a bible, Infidel is a sharp, fresh contribution to the documentation of war in our time.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Chris Boot (4 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905712189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905712182
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 15.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rare archive 16 Oct 2010
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Length: 1:39 Mins
I bought this to accompany War by Sebastian Junger and my pre-order of Restrepo [DVD]. Having been waiting to get all three of these works together before I take my time to properly consume them, I found as soon as Infidel was taken out its wrapping I just couldn't stop myself taking in the entire book in one sitting. Really quite amazing and arresting imagery. One I will be re-visiting a lot.
The format and editing are worth a mention too. Kicking off with an introduction by Sebastian Junger, followed by a two page grid of the profile photos of the soldiers in his book. Following this is the main body of work, Tim Hetheringon's times at FOB Restrepo. The book concludes with the meditations of the soldiers themselves, short paragraphs on what they feel they took away from their tour, mixed with a few anecdotes.

It is always refreshing to come across the story of what we are involved in in Afghanistan rather than just the politics.

Though one small thing that can be quite frustrating, is the images that have a two page spread, inevitably leave an area at the binding that distorts the image. Which on the whole isn't an issue, except for a couple of the night-time images whose focus is at the partition between the pages. No biggie though.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A staggering, important book 16 Sep 2012
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Okay, lets get the hard thing out of the way first of all, Tim Hetherington is no longer with us, felled by a mortar round whilst covering the Libyan meltdown last year. Net result? The world has been robbed off one of its pre-eminent photo-journalists. Scratch that, Hetherington was a man who expounded a doctrine of trans-journalism and what this book represents, is an embryonic attempt at such a thing.

I read a pre-release copy of War, an amazing account by Sebastian Junger of his time in the Korengal valley. Hetherington features in this book and both men worked on Restrepo, a video documentary of their time in the valley and life at the outpost.

Infidel is a neat finish to the trio, a photobook that covers the span of Hetheringtons time in the valley.

We open with a short, well written intro then are shown formal Army portraits of the main players, then we move onto what is for me the best section of the book, Hetherington's head and shoulder environmental portraits of the soldiers. The use of shallow focus, catchlights in the eyes and the well chosen, colour-wash, backgrounds really allow the inner emotions of the soldiers shine through, all moods from the sombre to the light are captured.

The meat of the book comprises shots of life in the Restrepo outpost, moments of boredom, contemplation and testosterone fuelled mayhem are well captured. We then see various sketches of the tattoos the men gave each other at the outpost.

We then reach a section of full bleed images that are true 'war photos', breath-taking images of men under and returning fire. There is blood and mayhem and intimate moments of men reaching emotional peaks. Truly amazing photos that rightly won Hetherington a press photographer of the year award.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully photographed 4 Oct 2011
By Dylan
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I was inspired to buy this book after seeing and then buying the documovie Restrepo. The images in this book are insghtful, moving, shocking and sometimes amusing. As an amateur photographer I found them to be all of the above and inspirational too and this excellent book shares shelf space with my NatGeo collection.

Whether you are a military enthusiast, a fan of the film or a photographer, this book has something for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Infidel- perfect companion to War 13 April 2011
This book is brilliant. I first became aware of this and Sabastein Jungers book when I saw an interview with Junger on the daily show about the experience that Hetherington and Junger had in Afghanistan's most violent valley.
This book gives another dimension to today's soldier and documents life on the modern frontline.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 12 April 2013
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Love the layout of the book, with a nice leather outer case. Pictures are actually quite startling as it does include images that are not regularly shown in western wars eg.Iraq such as a picture of a dead us soldier.
Overral loved it brought his other book.
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