Remarkable photographs of one man’s army

For most of us, the realities of the Iraq war are limited to stark headlines and 30-second news clips. Occasionally, however, we get a bit more. Ian Fisher: American Soldier, a photo documentary by Denver Post photojournalist Craig Walker, offers a stark look into the enlisted life through the struggles of one (painfully young-looking) American soldier.

With more than 200 photographs divided into eight chapters, Walker’s series chronicles 27 months of Fisher’s life—beginning with his graduating high school in 2007 through his basic training, his time in Iraq and his eventual return home. The pictures are remarkable for their intimacy and detail—the harsh neon lighting of the recruitment office; the nervous recruits reciting the Oath of Enlistment; the cramped quarters of an armored Humvee; the broken Iraqi countryside. The site also has Fisher’s reported story; Web testimonials from family and friends; and an assortment of genuinely compelling extra features. It might be hard not to see Fisher’s face, or other young ones like his, the next time you read about the war in the news.

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