In the spring of 2006 some billboards appeared along a highway near Syracuse NY, not far from the Fort Drum Army Base. On each billboard was an enormous close-up of a young man’s head on a plain dark surface. Photographer Suzanne Opton tells us how she came to the series of portraits she calls, simply, “Soldier”. [Produced for PRI‘s “Studio 360“.]

Suzanne Opton, “Birkholz, 353 Days in Iraq, 205 Days in Afghanistan”, from the series “Soldier”.

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