National Library of Australia
||[Bondi Beach, N.S.W. : S. Dupont], c2011
 p. (unpaged) : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
The images in this book are mostly portraits of a single US Marine platoon based in Afghanistan in 2009: Weapons Platoon 2nd BAT LAR (Second Battalion Light Armored Reconnaissance Delta Company) based in Khan Neshin, Helmand Province. The portraits were taken around the Forward Operating Base Castle and alongside each Polaroid, handwritten in the journal, are personal responses from the subjects to the question, "Why am I a Marine?"
Limited edition of 100 numbered copies.
"The scanned page layouts are of the original moleskine journal that photographer Stephen Dupont took with him into the field while embedded in Afghanistan with Weapons Platoon in August 2009. The original journal is held in the Prints & Photographs Collection at the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. This book is printed on archival 220 gsm pure cotton rag photographic paper. Each book is personally hand bound and stitched"--Acknowledgments.
Library's SR copy is no. 3/100 and forms part of boxed set of five books titled [The Afghanistan Wars: 1993-2012]. Signed by the photographer. The slipcase cloth is Desert pattern MARPAT (short for MARine PATtern), a digital camouflage pattern designed for the United States Marine Corps. It is the artist's intention that the fabric of the slip case will wear, abrade and discolour as do the uniforms of US Marine Corps.
||Marines - Afghanistan - Portraits. | Afghan War, 2001- - Portraits. | Documentary photography - Afghanistan. | United States - Armed forces - Afghanistan. | Helmand (Afghanistan) - Pictorial works. | Afghanistan - Pictorial works. | Australian
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