Photobook: young soldiers and traumatic stress after war

Here’s another success story that came out the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards 2009.
Photographer Jessica Hines won an honorable mention in our global photography competition — and thus an opportunity to publish a photobook at She took this as inspiration and teamed up with Elizabeth Avedon (the designer of many of Richard Avedon’s stunningly beautiful photography books, and his daughter-in-law) to publish this blockbuster of a book. It’s a remarkable photobook that conveys an important political message as well as the compelling story of a personal tragedy that confronts some difficult, universal truths. Brilliant combination of great photography, thoughtful text, and excellent book design. Highly recommended!

My Brother’s War, photos and text by Jessica Hines, design by Elizabeth Avedon

Here is the publisher’s introduction to the book:

With her photo essay, My Brother’s War, Jessica Hines attempts to gain a better understanding of what happened to her brother, Gary, when he was a soldier in the American war in Viet Nam. Drafted, he served two years and returned home a victim of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Ten years later, he took his own life. Hines photographs the letters that he wrote and, with diligence, managed to locate and speak with some of his wartime friends. More recently, Hines traveled to Viet Nam to retrace her brother’s “footsteps”. The research and resulting photography has revealed much about the nature of veterans’ experiences in Viet Nam and the nature of suffering that ensues when a family loses a loved one to war.

Selected as a “Staff Pick” at Blurb: You can view the entire book online.

After you look at Jessica’s book, also take a look at the the complete book of winning photographs from Lens Culture International Exposure Awards.

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