Marking Five Years (2) ~ Faces of the Dead
medical evacuation. [. . .] Suffering from two severed legs and
an open stomach wound, medics on the ground applied two
tourniquets to the wounded soldier on the scene where his
vehicle was ambushed by a grenade attack.
Photograph & caption © Max Becherer/Polaris Images.
it is not black. It is populated with faces. And it is not quiet."
Earlier today I posted some remarks that Rebecca Solnit delivered in San Francisco at a gathering marking the 5th anniversary of the Bush debacle in Iraq. I want to couple her remarks with these reflections from photographer Max Becherer as published by The New York Times. A photojournalist Becherer has worked extensively in Iraq since the invasion. I find his thoughts about how war snatches youth and humor and vitality and commitment, replacing them with death and sorrow and loss incredibly articulate and truly moving. Becherer is affiliated with Polaris; you can find some of his work here too.