Soldier portraits: Before, During, and After War

How do the faces of soldiers change — before, during, and then after war? Can we detect profound or subtle psychological shifts just by looking at their portraits?
This is precisely the challenge that Claire Felicie presents with her series of triptych portraits of marines of the 13th infantry company of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps. The series, Here are the Young Men (Marked), shows close-cropped portraits of the Dutch marines before, during and after they were deployed to Uruzgan, Afghanistan in 2009-2010.

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Photo portraits of young soldiers before, during, and after their tours duty at war in Afghanistan © Claire Felicie

Without doubt, every viewer will project a bit of himself or herself into the readings of these photographs. No matter what conclusions you draw, the images are haunting and compelling. See the full series here in Lens Culture. For best results, click the slideshow option to view high-resolution images.

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Photo portraits of young soldiers before, during, and after their tours duty at war in Afghanistan © Claire Felicie

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Photo portraits of young soldiers before, during, and after their tours duty at war in Afghanistan © Claire Felicie

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