Attention Servicemember by Ben Brody
Attention Servicemember is Ben Brody’s searing elegy to the experience of the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Brody was a soldier assigned to make visual propaganda during the Iraq war.
After leaving the army, he travelled to Afghanistan as an independent civilian journalist. Returning to rural New England after 12 years at war, he found his home unrecognizable – even his own backyard radiated menace and threat. So he continued photographing the war as it exists in his own mind.
Inspired by military field manuals, Attention Servicemember invites viewers through an evolving and often wickedly funny creative process – some pictures are intimate snapshots, some are slick jingoistic propaganda, others are meditative and subtle tableaus.