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Review: Photos of ‘Attention Servicemember’ challenge how Americans viewed War on Terror

Review: Photos of ‘Attention Servicemember’ challenge how Americans viewed War on Terror
'Attention Servicemember,' made up of photos and essays, is a reminder that what really sticks out to a lot of veterans are the strangest moments of war.

“The reason there are no captions,” Brody said, “is it's more up to you to process what the pictures are about, because I wanted to convey how disorienting war is, and the effect that it has on you as a person.Brody said he quickly learned what pictures his bosses wanted: soldiers looking calm and heroic, with captions that proclaim with certainty that objectives were being met and wars were being won.These photos were generic enough that Brody said one of his war pictures was used to sell vape pens.“When people look at these photographs of some war, these pictures people have gone to extreme personal risk to make, it’s just like they hear static,” Brody said, “because they all look the same, they all say the same thing.

Army war veteran Ben Brody, alternates essays and photos from his two combat tours in Iraq and his coverage of fighting in Afghanistan as a civilian reporter.BEN BRODY Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have often told me that they struggle to make sense of their time fighting in conflicts marked by ambiguity and lacking clear endings.

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