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Infidel Paperback – 4 Oct 2010
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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.
Whether you are a military enthusiast, a fan of the film or a photographer, this book has something for you.
Following the images are a series of revealing essays by the men themselves. What is powerful is the uncensored (and explicit) nature of their comments and language. In an age of sanitised images and reporting about war (especially the Iraq war), these anecdotes and personal appeals are deeply impressive. Presumably the soldiers' words were transcribed directly from recordings because the turn of phrase is immediate and raw. Any incipient sentimentality or romanticism is trounced by this text. It is perhaps the best editorial decision of all.
Despite the clever sequencing of the book, the entire project is subtly disturbing. Presumably Hetherington's intention was to show the inseparable bonds of friendship and brotherhood between soldiers, and he was less interested in the politics of a particular war.Read more ›
This book gives another dimension to today's soldier and documents life on the modern frontline.
Overral loved it brought his other book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This photo-book is a great achievement as it communicates to some extent the world that these soldiers inhabit. If I didn't have it, I'd get it again. Read morePublished on 24 Jun. 2015 by Pedrovichka
great great great great great great great great great great awesomePublished on 29 April 2015 by remco van dam
A great look at a modern war. Just finished it for the second time. Tim's pictures capture the true essence of an outpost.Published on 2 Sept. 2014 by Kevin
Can't beat Tim Hetherington really great photography book by a great photographer "perfect for anyone who likes photography" unconventional war photographyPublished on 9 Mar. 2014 by Simon Ward
What can be described as a companion to Sebastian Junger's War, Tim Hetherington accompanied Junger as photographer on his trips to Korengal. Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2010 by fingers